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Aurora Triumphing over Night

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Michel Ephrussi (b. 1844 – d. 1914), Paris. By 1906, Charles Sedelmeyer (b. 1837 - d. 1925), Paris; May 16-18, 1907, Sedelmeyer sale, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, lot 201, sold for 138,000 fr. By 1914 until at least 1921, Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris. François Coty (b. 1874 – d. 1934), Paris; November 30-December 1, 1936, posthumous Coty sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, lot 20, sold for 91,000 fr. Private collection. November 25, 1971, anonymous (“collections du Docteur X…, du Prince Y…, et de divers Amateurs”) sale, Palais Galliera, Paris, lot 22, sold to a private collector; until 2013, by descent within the family; January 31, 2013, anonymous (“property from a private collection”) sale, Sotheby’s, New York, lot 84, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

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Museum purchase with funds by exchange by contribution, and by exchange from a Gift of Laurence K. and Lorna J. Marshall

French, about 1755-56


Overall: 95.3 x 131.4 cm (37 1/2 x 51 3/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas