Modern and Contemporary Art
Still LifeMade in France, Europe
Marcel Gromaire, French, 1892 - 1971
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 18 1/8 inches (54.6 x 46 cm)
Currently not on view
1955-86-18Bequest of Fiske and Marie Kimball, 1955
Bernard Davis, La France Art Institute, Philadelphia, by 1937 and possibly by 1934 ; sale, La France Art Institute collection, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Philadelphia, March 31-April 1, 1937, lot 168; purchased by Fiske Kimball (1888-1955) and Marie Kimball (1889-1955), Philadelphia; bequest to PMA, 1955.
1. Per the 1937 Freeman sale catalogue, the painting was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Museum (later Philadelphia Museum) of Art; possibly "The Bernard Davis Collection," March 17-April 18, 1934, although it is not in the checklist. Bernard Davis, owner of La France Industries textile mills in Philadelphia, began forming his extensive collection of modern art around 1919, much of it acquired in Paris. He exhibited it at the galleries of the La France Art Institute art school, founded 1923, of which he served as president (see American Art Annual 1923-1937; introduction to Freeman sale catalogue; and R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Henry McCarter, Cambridge, MA, 1944, p. 74).
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