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Portrait of an Old Woman

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Inscription

Center left: S Konin[ck]

Provenance

1904, purchased in Paris by Walter Gay for the MFA for $14,685 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 21, 1904) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 04.265 and 04.266 were acquired together for this amount (04.265 has been deaccessioned). Gay had bought the two paintings by April 3, 1904, when he wrote to MFA director Edward Robinson that "there was some unavoidable delay--Vollon was very ill, and I couldn't disturb him...but the pictures are finally shipped." Whether Gay was referring either to the painter Antoine Vollon (b. 1833 - d. 1900), at that time already deceased, or to his son Alexis (b. 1865 - d. 1945) is not known; nor is it certain that the Vollon he refers to was the owner of the paintings.

Credit Line

Isaac Sweetser Fund

Dimensions

92.3 x 70.3 cm (36 5/16 x 27 11/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 92.3 x 70.3 cm (346 3/8 x 27 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.266

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

Collections

Europe

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