Modern and Contemporary Art
Portrait of Madame MetzingerMade in France, Europe
Jean Metzinger, French, 1883 - 1956
Oil on canvas board, mounted on panel© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (27.3 x 21.6 cm)
Currently not on view
1952-61-81A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
With Galerie Jacques Bonjean, Paris? . With Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie l'Effort Moderne, Paris, by 1935 ; sold to A. E. Gallatin, by October 1935 ; bequest to PMA, 1952.
1. A torn dealer label on the back of the painting reads "Bonjean", with a partial address in French. Galerie Bonjean was apparently in operation from the late 19th century to at least 1935 (see Getty Provenance Index and Grove Dictionary of Art, among other sources). The important dealer Étienne Bignou was a stepson of a Paris dealer named Bonjean, possibly related, whose gallery and stock he inherited (see Douglas Cooper, Alex Reid & Lefèvre, 1926-1976, London, 1976, p. 17).
2. Paris, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, "Les créateurs du cubisme," March-April 1935, catalog by Raymond Cogniat, no. 134, "Collection de M. Léonce Rosenberg."
3. A Gallery of Living Art press release of October 28, 1935 includes this work as a new acquisition. Gail Stavitsky notes that Gallatin was in Paris during the summer of 1935 and probably bought the painting then (see The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph.D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 1, p. 290).
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