Afternoon Sunshine, Pont Neuf
Camille Pissarro, French, 1830 - 1903
With Durand-Ruel, Paris, purchased from the artist May 17, 1901, until 1914 ; sold to Conrad M. Pineus, Göteborg, Sweden, July 6, 1914, and still in 1917. With Wildenstein & Co., New York and Paris [with Bernheim-Jeune, Paris?]; sold to Georges (Lévy) Lurcy (1891-1953), Paris and New York, probably by 1940 and certainly by 1944 ; sale, Georges Lurcy collection, Parke-Bernet, New York, November 7, 1957, no. 22; purchased by Charlotte Dorrance Wright (1911-1977) and William Coxe Wright (d. 1970), St. Davids, PA, through E. J. Rousuck, New York (dealer), as agent, until Mr. Wright's death in 1970 ; Charlotte Dorrance Wright; bequest to PMA, 1978.
1. Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, Pissarro: Critical Catalogue of Paintings, Milan and Paris, 2005, vol. 3, no. 1351. The painting was published in 1939 by Venturi and Pissarro (Camille Pissarro, son art -- son oeuvre, Paris, 1939, no. 1181) with a photo credit to Durand-Ruel, but without a current owner listed.
2. The 1957 Parke-Bernet catalogue lists Bernheim-Jeune, Paris as selling the painting to Lurcy, and the exhibition at Knoedler Galleries, New York, "A Collector's Exhibition", February 6-25, 1950, also gives the Bernheim provenance; however, according to Pissarro and Snollaerts, Wildenstein were the sellers. Lent by Lurcy to New York, Carroll Carstairs Galleries, "Paintings of Paris by Camille Pissarro," April 12-26, 1944, no. 2. He probably acquired the painting before 1940: according to Towner, The Elegant Auctioneers (New York, 1970, p. 578-589), Georges Lévy formed his art collection before he emigrated to the US in 1939-40 at the outset of WWII to escape Nazi persecution. At this time he changed his name from Lévy to Lurcy.
3. Information cited by Towner, The Elegant Auctioneers, 1970, p. 588. E. J. (Emanuel Jay) Rousuck (also spelled "Roussuck") of Wildenstein & Co., New York, advised the Wrights on their collection; see PMA, The Charlotte Dorrance Wright Collection, 1978, p. 7.
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