#138. Pigeon Lake, Forest of Fontainebleau. 28.5 x 36, oil on canvas. "Gilbert Munger" lower left.
This painting is possibly the one offered in the estate sale of F. O. Matthiessen on April 1st and 2nd, 1902, at Mendelssohn Hall in New York. (Franchard is in Fountainebleau Forest.) The catalog entry states:
53 -- Landscape: Near Franchard. A pond, with birch and willows on the left and its gray water cut up by strips of rushy ground, fills the left of the foreground, the remainder being occupied by rough, grassy ground. Here, from underneath a group of oak trees, two cows, a red one and a white one, are approaching to drink. Further back is a stretch of gray, hummocky meadow, bounded by an irregular line of willow trees, which are outlined against a warm horizon, passing above to faint blue. Signed at the left, Gilbert Munger. Height, 28.5 inches; length, 36 inches.
A paper label on the back shows the title, size, artist and "No. 6". The title matches a painting exhibited at Noe Art Galleries, New York, in the 1904 retrospective show. From the estate sale of the contents of the Duluth MN Masonic House in 1998 to a private collection. Almost identical to painting #78.
Image from author's photo.
© Michael D. Schroeder 24 December 2013