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Title An Open Air Altar
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Dumée (French artist, active early 19th century)
Date 1839 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Mass is being celebrated, possibly after a religious procession (indicated by the banners) on a stone altar in the open-air. There is a brightness and freshness about the paint surface which finds a parallel in some of the works of Eugène Isabey and other like-minded artists of the time. This work also recalls nineteenth-century depictions of 'pardons', or religious festivals in Brittany, which allowed painters to depict colourful events in beautiful settings.
Current Accession Number B.M.447
Former Accession Number No. 675
Inscription front ll 'Dumee 1839'
Subject landscape; religion; figure
Measurements 32.5 x 58.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Bought from Boussaton by John Bowes through Lepautre, 25 January 1868 as 'Paysage by Dumee', 40 francs.
Notes This was no. 675 in John Bowes' catalogue, with the following description: 'A Landscape. A Priest praying, and Personages on their knees near a Cross. Dumée 1839'. Dumée is not in Benezit, but there is an Ange René Dumeis, described as nineteenth-century French School, who specialised in pictures of religious inspiration, many of which are in churches in the Loiret district. Could he and Dumée be the same artist? Could there be two possible spellings of his name?
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie




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