Gustave Courbet,(attributed) French, 1819-1877. La Recolte de Pommes de Terres, The Potato Gatherers is an impressive landscape with peasants harvesting potatoes in a rocky terrain. This large oil on canvas is 29"H by 36.5"W in the original 6" period frame. It has been lined and restored. Ir is signed though a ghost signature as a result of overcleaning in the 1990's. Provenance: Purchased by Jack Sartor, Dallas Art Dealer from a gallery in Pasadena, CA ca 1958. Sold to David R Russell, Dallas, Texas for his collection in 1960.(He submitted documentation to the Frick Museum, N.Y. see copies in 1960. It was signed at that time lower left.) Resold back to Jack Sartor after that and remained in the family. Bequethed to Scott Sartor, son. Bought by present owner in about 2006. Courbet is a famous and very well regarded artist whose work can be seen in most major museums such as the Metropolitain Museum, Musee D'Orsay, Paris, as well as at least 50 smaller museums. He is listed in Benezit and many other publication and his auctions records go up to $1.644 Million.