RENE BUTHAUD (1886 - 1986)
Massive cartoon for a stained glass window at La Maison du Vin, Bordeaux depicting an allegory of the Garonne river, France, 1951; Crayon and charcoal on paper laid to linen; Signed R. BUTHAUD; Image: 167" x 106 1/2"; Provenance: The artist; Michel Fortin, Paris; Collection of Stephen Engel, Florida; Literature: Cruège, René Buthaud 1886 - 1986, 1996, p. 186-87; Exhibited: René Buthaud: Collection of the Artist, Michel Fortin Gallery, New York, 1981, cat. no. 49B
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Linen measures 194" x 122" total. Loose, not framed or matted. Can be rolled for transport.
Buthaud was commissioned by the Bordeaux Wine Council to design two massive stained-glass windows at their headquarters, the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux. Lots 1009 and 1010 are the cartoons for those windows, which were completed in 1951 in Limoges. One depicts a triumphant Apollo among the grape harvesters, the other an allegory of the Garonne river, which flows just blocks away from the building itself and runs through the heart of the city. The windows are a spectacular technicolor tribute to two of the greatest sources of Bordeaux’s economic power. One can still see the windows today by paying a visit to the first floor of the 18th century building, which is now home to the very stylish Le Bar à Vin.