Talk:Coucher de soleil no. 1

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Coldcreation (talk) 15:50, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Couchée de soleil?[edit]

Why does the title of that Jean Metzinger painting, contain a French mistake? Do you know what the history behind it is? Contact Basemetal here 19:49, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

  • Good question Basemetal. The source of the error, as far back as I could find, is from a publication: Neo-Impressionism, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Robert L. Herbert, ‎1968.

In Neo-Impressionism it is written on page 219:


Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 39 1/4" (72.5 x 100 cm.).

Signed l.r. "J. Metzinger" and verso "Couchée de soleil no. 1".


Collection Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo.

I've found a photograph of the back of the painting. The title is in fact neither COUCHER DU SOLEIL (Coucher du soleil) or Couchée de soleil no. 1

Next to Metzinger's signature on the reverse, the title reads: Coucher de soleil. No 1 is written above it.

Unfortunately, I had not examined very closely the back of the work or I clearly would have seen Metzinger's actual title before publishing this article. Note: the verso has another painting (River scene with ships) upon which is superimposed, upside down relative to the River scene, Metzinger actual title. There is a mosaic-like rectangle of paint above the "e" of Coucher that looks like an acute accent (accent aigu). However, the "r" that follows is certainly not another "e" forming 'Couchée' as Robert Herbert must have thought.

So the correct title of this work is indeed Coucher de soleil no. 1.

Now all I need to figure out is how to change the title of the article. In the mean time I will, thanks to your inquiry, change the title where it appears in the article. Thanks again Basemetal. Coldcreation (talk) 21:20, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

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