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France, 19th century
Paul Lafond and Alphonse Cherfils Examining a Painting
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c. 1878-1880
oil on wood panel
Framed: 42.5 x 50 x 6 cm (16 3/4 x 19 11/16 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 27 x 34 cm (10 5/8 x 13 3/8 in.)
The upper left corner of this painting bears a dedication by Degas "to his dear friends." The double portrait depicts Paul Lafond (left), future curator of the art museum at Pau, in southwestern France, and Alphonse Cherfils (right), an art collector and defender of the Impressionists. Through the influence of these friends, Degas's works were selected for the annual exhibitions of the Société des Amis des Arts (Society of Friends of the Arts), and his painting, A Cotton Office (1873), was the first by the artist to be purchased by a museum. Since the painting held by the two men is probably by Degas, this intimate image commemorates both personal and business relationships.
Signed in upper left: Degas / a [sic] ses chers amis
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
Gallery: 222 Impressionism & Post-Impressionism
Provenance: Alphonse Cherfils, Pau. Christian Cherfils, Pau. Marcel Guérin, Paris. Wildenstein & Co., New York. Bought by Leonard C. Hanna Jr., 10 January 1950. Bequeathed to the CMA in 1958.
Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
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