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Upper right: Emile Bernard / 1887


Probably by descent from the artist to his son-in-law, Clément Altarriba, Paris; 1950, still in Altarriba's possession [see note 1]. November 25, 1959, anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 53 [see note 2], to E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York; 1961, sold by Silberman Galleries to the MFA for $7,500. (Accession Date: October 8, 1961) NOTES: [1] Lent by him to the exhibition "Eugène Carrière et le Symbolisme," Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, December, 1949 - January, 1950, cat. no. 213. [2] The painting is said in the auction catalogue to be the property of a gentleman. Whether Mr. Altarriba was this seller has not been determined. A letter from Abris Silberman, Silberman Galleries, to Thomas M. Maytham, MFA (March 10, 1961; in MFA curatorial file) suggests that Dr. E. Cassirer -- one of the sellers at the November 25 auction -- had been the owner of the painting; however, this seems unlikely, as Dr. Cassirer's name is not withheld from the other lots he consigned at this time.

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Francis Welch Fund



60 x 50.5 cm (23 5/8 x 19 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas