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Landscape with stag



Gustave Courbet


10 Jun 1819 - 31 Dec 1877




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


65.5 x 81.6 cm stretcher; 81.5 x 97.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., red oil "73/ G Courbet".


Purchased 1997

Accession number


Artist information

Gustave Courbet

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Walther Halvorsen, circa 1919, Paris/France, Norwegian art dealer Walther Halvorsen bought the painting in Paris circa 1919 and sent it to Norway where it was sold to Norwegian shipowner and art collector Tryggve Sagen.

Tryggve Sagen, circa 1919-circa 1922, Norway, Shipping magnate Tryggve Sagen bought the painting from Walther Halvorsen circa 1919. When the painting was exhibition in 1923, Sagen had already sold it.

Private Collection, circa 1922-circa 1926, Oslo/Norway, Privately owned, maybe by Walther Halvorsen again.

Carl Matthiessen, circa 1926-1951, Sweden, In Carl Matthiessen's collection by 1928. See 'Konstrevy' 1928 article.

Lillie Matthiessen, 1951-post 1958, Saltsjöbaden/Sweden, By inheritance to Carl Matthiessen's widow. In her collection when the painting was exhibited in Stockholm in 1958.

Christie's New York, 22 May 1997, New York/New York/United States of America, Bought by the AGNSW from Christie's New York 22 May 1997, 'Barbizon, Realist and French Landscape paintings', lot 238.

Referenced in 11 publications


Giles Auty and Patrick Corbally Stourton, John Llewelyn Jones - Australia's forgotten painter, London, 1997-1998, col illus p 10.

Christie's New York, Christie's New York: Barbizon, Realist and French Landscape Paintings, New York, 22 May 1997, p 95, no 238, col illus p 95. lot no. 238

Föreningen Fransk Konst (Editor), Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Constantin Guys, 1923, p 4, no 19, illus np. as 'Landskap från Jura'. Oljemålning. I privat ägo, Kristiania [Oslo].

Anne Gérard-Austin, Look, 'Chasing history', Sydney, Mar 2019-Apr 2019, pp 14, 62–64, illus col pp 14 (detail), 63.

Ide Hoorn, Konstrevy, I, 'Några franska målningar i Carl Matthiessens [sic] samling', Stockholm, 1928, p 6, illus p 4. ['Some French paintings in the collection fo Carl Matthiessen']

Terry Ingram, The Australian financial review, 'Stag painting of a different elk', Sydney, 29 Jan 1998, p 17, co illus p 17.

George Shackelford, Monet and the Impressionists, Sydney, 2008, p 216, no 8, col illus p 45.

Ann Stephen, Natalie Adamson, Anne Watson and Charles Pickett, Visions of a Republic: the work of Lucien Henry, Haymarket, 2001, illus p 65.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1997 [for the year ended 30 June 1997], Sydney, 1997, pp 24, 51.

Fem sekler fransk konst, Stockholm, 1958, p 108, no 139. as 'Hjort i Fontainebleauskogen'/'Cerf dans la forêt de Fontainebleau'.

Fransk konst utställning, Stockholm, 1946, p 8, no 18, illus p 9. as 'Hjort i Fontainebleauskogen'. Direktör Carl Matthiessen