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Self-Portrait with a Beret

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Ambroise Vollard (b. 1867 - d. 1939), Paris; probably sold by Vollard to Egisto Fabbri (b. 1866 - d. 1933), Florence [see note 1]; November 15, 1928, sold by Fabbri to Georges Wildenstein and Paul Rosenberg and Co., Paris (stock no. 2266) [see note 2]; by 1929, sold by Rosenberg to Robert Treat Paine II (b. 1861 - d. 1943), Boston [see note 3]; by descent to his daughter, Elizabeth Paine (Mrs. Thomas) Metcalf (later Mrs. Thomas Card) (b. 1896), Boston; 1972, purchase and partial gift of Elizabeth Paine Metcalf to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1972) NOTES: [1] Egisto Fabbri was one of the first collectors to purchase the works of Cézanne through Vollard. He lent this painting to the Biennale, Venice, in 1920 (no. 25). [2] Fabbri sold thirteen of his Cézanne paintings to the dealers Georges Wildenstein and Paul Rosenberg of Paris. A document of November 15, 1928, confirms their receipt by intermediary Tammaro De Marinis, who oversaw their transport out of Italy. See Francesca Bardazzi, Cézanne in Florence: Two collectors and the 1910 exhibition of Impressionism (exh. cat. Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, March 2 - July 29, 2007), 25-26, 278, doc. 11. [3] Paine lent this painting to the exhibition "Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, van Gogh," Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1929, cat. no. 4.

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Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and Partial Gift of Elizabeth Paine Metcalf

about 1898–99


64.1 x 53.3 cm (25 1/4 x 21 in.)

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Oil on canvas