Viticulture (spraying sulfer on the vines) by Alfred Gaspart

Viticulture (spraying sulfer on the vines) by Alfred Gaspart

Viticulture (spraying sulfer on the vines)

Alfred Gaspart

Title

Viticulture (spraying sulfer on the vines)

 
Artist

Alfred Gaspart

  1900 - 1993 (biography)
Year
c. 1935  
Technique
pencil drawing with watercolor 
Image Size
15 1/4 x 11 1/2" image 
Signature
blue ink stamp monogram, lower right 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
inscribed: "teinter au vaporisateur" in upper margin 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove, mounted to linen 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
16684h 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

Argentine born French artist Alfred Gaspart spent time in Beaune, Burgandy, France between September of 1935 through 1936, chronicling the wine making of the region. He published a book of his 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, titled 'Une annee dans la vigne.'

This image depicts vineyard workers in the process of spraying sulfur powder on the vines. In the 1930s, vineyards would spray a mixture of copper sulfate neutralized with lime (known as a Burgundy or Bordeaux mixture) with a sprayer either towed by horses or, in this case, fixed to a small hand cart (essentially a wheelbarrow). The purpose of this was to fight against and prevent mildew growing on the vines. Today sulfation is less used as it has been widely replaced by fungicides or insecticides, and powder sulfur has been replaced by Wettable Sulfur.