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Doré, best known for illustrations of the Bible and Dante's Divine Comedy, painted many landscapes of Switzerland, Scotland, and France, but this work is unique. A slice of nature from a bug's-eye view, it seems to be an allegory of rejuvenation and the transience of life. Hollyhocks,...

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Inscription

Lower left: Gve Dore

Provenance

De Vries; by 1871, sold by De Vries to Richard Baker [see note 1]; 1873, gift of Richard Baker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 1873) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the curatorial file, Baker lent the painting to the Boston Atheneum as early as 1871. The location of "De Vries" is unclear; notes suggest it was in either Paris or Boston. A letter from George W. Wales to Henry P. Kidder (September 21, 1876), indicates that "Mrs. Baker says her husband purchased this said Painting of Mr. de Vries and gave it to the Museum -- she said she thought the purchase was made at your suggestion." Kidder was among the founding trustees of the MFA and served as treasurer from 1870 until his death in 1886.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Baker

about 1860–70

Dimensions

266.4 x 200.1 cm (104 7/8 x 78 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

73.8

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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