Lower left: 72 / G. Courbet
1872, probably M. Reinach, Paris [see note 1]. Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris. Galerie Levesque, Paris. By 1914, Charles Pearson, Paris [see note 2]; October 18, 1927, Pearson sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, lot 15, sold for 23,600 M. 1928, Galerie Thannhauser, Lucerne; July 30, 1928, sold by Thannhauser to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948) NOTES:  Mr. Reinach was a friend of the artist, although his exact identity is not certain. It has been suggested that he was Jacques, Baron de Reinach (b. 1840 - d. 1892), a Frankfurt-born financier in Paris; or that he was the father of Joseph (b. 1856) and Salomon (b. 1858) Reinach, a writer and art historian respectively. See Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Letters of Gustave Courbet (Chicago and London, 1992), pp. 178, 657. This has been identified as one of the paintings Courbet painted for Reinach while in captivity in 1872. For further information, see Robert Fernier, La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet: catalogue raisonné (Paris, 1977), vol. 2, p. 142, cat. no. 801.  He lent this to the exhibition "Fransk Malerkunst," Dansk Kunstmuseums Forening, Copenhagen, May 15-June 30, 1914, cat. no. 45.
Bequest of John T. Spaulding