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France, 19th century
A Painter
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oil on mahogany
Framed: 39 x 33.5 x 6.5 cm (15 3/8 x 13 3/16 x 2 9/16 in.); Unframed: 27 x 21.1 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/16 in.)
Meissonier often depicted artists and musicians of the 1600s and 1700s engaged in their work. This artist is busy painting a small canvas depicting a nymph and satyr. The artist’s 18th-century costume—nearly 100 years out of date at the time
of the painting’s creation—transforms the scene into a charming historical fiction. Meissonier exhibited the painting at the Paris Salon of 1857.
Signed lower right: EMeissonier. 1855 [EM in monogram]
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
Gallery: 220 19th Century European
Provenance: Countess Lehon. Her sale, Paris, 2-3 April 1861 (lot 10), Un peintre à son chevalet, bois, 31 x 23 cm, ff 11,200. Possibly Vente X . . . de Vienne, 1861, ff 13,100 (according to Chaumelin 1887, 43; "Mr. X" must be G. Plach from Vienna, of whom there are at least two sales at Drouot, 20 April and 1-2 May 1861, though neither catalogue lists a painting by Meissonier). G. Simpson, by 1871. J. Grant Morris, Allerton Priory, Liverpool, 1883. Bought by dealer Samuel P. Avery, New York, who sold it to William H. Vanderbilt, New York, by 1884. George W. Vanderbilt, who lent it in 1902 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Returned in 1919 to Cornelius Vanderbilt. His widow's sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, 18-19 April 1945 (lot 42, repr.), Artist at Easel, 13 x 9ž. Mrs. Derek Spence, New York. Hammer Gallery, New York, by February 1976. Shepherd Gallery, New York, who sold it July 1976 to Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, Cleveland. Given to the CMA in 1982.
Gift of Mrs. Noah L. Butkin
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