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Brother Philippe's Geese

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This painting takes its subject from a fable recounted by the seventeenth-century poet Jean de la Fontaine. Philippe takes his son into the marketplace for the first time, where the youth's curiosity is aroused by the sight of beautifully dressed young women. When his father sarcastically ex-...

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Provenance

By about 1920, Baron Eugène-Napoléon Beyens (b. 1855 - d. 1934), Brussels (?). Private collection, England; December 10, 1980, anonymous ("property of a nobleman") sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 6 [see note 1], probably to Bruno Meissner, Zurich; 1981, sold by Meissner to P. and D. Colnaghi, London and New York; 1983, gift of Colnaghi to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 7, 1983) NOTES: [1] In a letter from Arabella Bailey of Sotheby's to Helen Hall of the MFA (March 13, 1985), this painting and its companion (1983.592) are said to have been purchased by the consignor's father "probably in Paris before the 1st World War."

Credit Line

Gift of Colnaghi USA, Ltd.

about 1745

Dimensions

29.5 x 21.9cm (11 5/8 x 8 5/8in.) Framed: 40 x 33.3 x 3.2 cm (15 3/4 x 13 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1983.593

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Europe

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