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The Use of Tears

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Possibly Van Praet collection, Brussels [see note 1]. 1894, Boussod, Valadon, et Cie., Paris; October 15, 1894, sold by Boussod, Valadon et Cie. to Josiah Bradlee, Boston [see note 2]; 1903, bequest of Josiah Bradlee to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 16, 1903) NOTES: [1] In a letter from Alice Bradlee to the MFA (April 17, 1903), the painting is said to have been in the Van Praet collection, Brussels before it was with Boussod, Valadon et Cie., and possibly included in an 1892 sale of that collection. This information has not yet been verified. [2] At the time of its sale to Bradlee, the painting was called "Le visite" (The Visit).

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Bequest of Josiah Bradlee



40.3 x 32.4 cm (15 7/8 x 12 3/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas