Viticulture (harvesting the grapes) by Alfred Gaspart

Viticulture (harvesting the grapes) by Alfred Gaspart

Viticulture (harvesting the grapes)

Alfred Gaspart

Title

Viticulture (harvesting the grapes)

 
Artist

Alfred Gaspart

  1900 - 1993 (biography)
Year
c. 1935  
Technique
pencil drawing with watercolor 
Image Size
15 7/8 x 11 5/8" image 
Signature
blue ink stamp monogram, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove vellum 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
16684g 
Price
$1,300.00 
Description

Between September of 1935 through 1936 Alfred Gaspart spent time in Beaune, Burgundy, France chronicling the wine making of the region. He published a book of photographs from this time, accompanied by a series of letters to his sister about the experience: the weather, fears of bad harvests, the care of the vineyards and the making of the wine.

This drawing, one of a series depicting the grape harvest, may have been preparatory for a mural that never materialized. This composition depicts a picker adding his picked grapes to a basket hoisted on another worker's shoulder. Pickers can be seen behind the two men.

Gaspart sketched the composition, probably on site, and added watercolor highlights to suggest the colors, creating a loose but readable work.