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Feast of the Wine (The Procession of the Ram)

Companion to "Feast of the Wine (The Procession of the Fatted Ox)", in the Musée Picasso, Paris

Master of the Processions, French, active mid- 17th century

Made in France, Europe

Mid- 17th century

Oil on canvas

44 × 65 inches (111.8 × 165.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 276, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
The George W. Elkins Collection, 1950

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This painting may represent a ceremonial parade in which fatted animals were led to slaughter as part of the festivities before Lent. The scene implies a warning against the dangers of being led by one's senses.


Collection of Marin de La Haye, Paris, by 1753 [1]; sale, Mme de La Haye, December 1, 1778, lot 9. Private collection, Paris, by 1934 [2]; with Paul Rosenberg, Paris, 1934-1950 [3]; purchased by the PMA for the George W. Elkins collection, 1950. 1. The painting appears in an inventory of the de la Haye collection, October 13, 1753 as Le Nain. It was later seen by Horace Walpole at the Hotel de Lambert in Paris on August 9, 1771. See Horace Walpole's Correspondence, vol. VII, 1939, p. 337. 2. Exhibited at the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, Peintures de la Realité en France au XVIIe siècle, 1934, no. 81. The painting was discovered and published by George Isarlo in La Revue de l'art, Nov. & Dec. 1934, illus. opp. p. 178. 3. Notes in the file from an interview with Paul [i.e., Alexandre?] Rosenberg on March 1, 1969 indicate that his father purchased the painting shortly after the Orangerie exhibition but that documentation regarding the history of the painting was lost during Wold War II in Paris. The painting was included in a Le Nain exhibition at Knoedler Gallery in New York in 1936.

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