The Paintings of
Gilbert Munger


by Michael D. Schroeder

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#287. Near Nanterre.   11.5 x 17, oil on panel. "Gilbert Munger" lower left. This painting depicts the same scene as #271 and #244. The title difference is not important, as Nanterre and Bougeval are very close to one another geographically. The back has a somewhat decomposed paper label stating: "106 -- Near Nanterre -- Gilbert Munger -- Paris 1889." A painting of this title and similar size was was sold at the auction of the collection of Charles T. Yerkes on 5 April 1910 at Mendelsohn Hall in New York City, where it fetched $425: the buyer is listed as T. R. Benkhard. The catalog describes the painting as follows:

No. 4     GILBERT MUNGER     Near Nanterre     Canvas, 11 1/2 inches high by 18 inches long

Extending across the front is an expanse of still water with motionless reflections of a faint gray sky, mottled with puffs of mauve and cream. The smooth surface is interrupted by a dark punt that is being propelled by a man in a white shirt. Silhouetted against the waning light of the sky are the trees that border the opposite bank. A clump appears toward the right, separated from another in the center by the creamy walls and brown roofs of some cottages. Other buildings are visible toward the left, succeeded by a row of separate poplar trees. The vista is closed by a spit of land projecting from the left of the picture, where a white and dun cow are seen near a mass of soft yellow, green and brown willows.

Signed at the lower left: "Gilbert Munger"

This description is off by an inch of width and the incorrect medium from #287, but otherwise matches exactly. #271, which has a label with 'No.4', and #244, which is the correct size, are also good candidates.

The painting has passed down in a New Jersey family for multiple generations before being sold at the Rago Arts and Auction Center "Great Estates Auction" in Lambertville New Jersey on 11 September 2015, as lot 2467 for $593.75 including buyers premium. Image provided by Rago Arts and Auction Center, Lambertville NJ

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