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Vase of Flowers

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French (Paris 1859 - 1891 Paris)
Vase of Flowers, c. 1879-c. 1881
Alternate Title: Vase de Fleurs / Bouquet dans un Vase
Painting
French
,
19th century
Oil on canvas
46.3 x 38.5 cm (18 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)
framed: 72 x 64.4 x 8.3 cm (28 3/8 x 25 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
, 1974.100
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
Marks
inscription: On stretcher, in blue pencil: 47019F
inscription: Back of frame, in blue pencil: 47019
inscription: Back of frame, in white chalk: B[rest is illegible]
Provenance
Georges Pierre Seurat, (c. 1878 - ?); to his brother-in-law M. Léon Appert ( - 1925); to his daughter Mme. Léon Roussel (1925 - 1934); to her son François Roussel, (1934 - 1939) sold; to [Galerie Bignou, (1939 - 1940) sold]; to Maurice Wertheim, New York, (1940-1951), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.


Notes:
Not in the possession of the Fogg until 1974.
Bibliography
A Selection of 19th Century Paintings, exh. cat., Galeries Bignou (New York, NY, 1942), no. 15

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Wittenborn & and Co. (New York, NY, 1943), no. 46, repr. as pl. 81

Edward Alden Jewell, French Impressionists and Their Contemporaries in American Collections, Hyperion Press (New York, NY, 1944), repr., plate 175

Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Today's Collectors: Modern Milestones", Art News (June 1946), vol. XLV, no. 4, p. 64

French Painting since 1870, lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), p. 18, repr. p. 19

Six Masters of Post-Impressionism, exh. cat., Wildenstein & and Company (New York, NY, 1948), no. 46

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Albin Michel (Paris, France, 1948), pl. 17

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), no. 8, pp. 23-24

Jacques De Laprade, George Seurat, A. Somogy (Paris, France, 1951), repr. p. 6

Charles Sterling, La Nature Morte de L'Antiquite a Nos Jours, Editions Pierre Tisné (Paris, France, 1952), repr. in b/w p. 95, text p. 90

Henri Dorra and John Rewald, Seurat: L'oeuvre peint, biographie et catalogue critique, (Paris, France, 1959), cat. no. 7

The Maurice Wertheim Catalogue: Modern French Art-- Monet to Picasso, exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, 1960), p. 52, repr. p. 53

César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son Oeuvre, Grund (Paris, France, 1961), cat. no. 3

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art-- Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1962), p. 48

Fiorella Minervino and A. Chastel, L'Opera Completa di Seurat, (Milan, Italy, 1972), no. 5

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), no. 33

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 12, pp. 70-71, repr. p. 71

Michael F. Zimmermann, "Seurat, Charles Blanc, and Naturalist Art Criticism", Museum Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago (1989), vol. XIV, no. 2, repr. in b/w fig. 3, p. 203; text, p. 202

Catherine Grenier, Seurat: Catalogo Completo dei dipinti, Cantini Editore (Florence, Italy, 1990), repr. in color pl. 5, p. 19

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 19, p. 69

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 129; repr. as no. 401

Robert L. Herbert, Georges Seurat: 1859-1891, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), no. 75, pp. 108-109; repr. in color

"Entretien avec Françoise Cachin: Seurat au Grand Palais", Dossier de l'art (April 1991 - May 1991), repr. in color p. 5

Robert L. Herbert, Georges Seurat, 1859-1891, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1991), no. 74, p. 148-149; repr. in color

Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Fonds Mercator (Antwerp, 1991), repr. in color no. 96, p. 67; text p. 66

Sarah Carr-Gomm, Seurat, Studio Editions (London, England, 1993), repr. in color p. 47; text p. 46

Dina Anchin, "Refining Style: Technical Investigation of an Early Work by Georges Pierre Seurat in the Maurice Wertheim Collection", (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2013), Unpublished

Elizabeth M. Rudy, "Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums", Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6

Exhibition History
Seurat et ses amis, Galerie Beaux-Arts (Paris), Paris, 12/01/1933 - 01/31/1934
A Selection of Nineteenth Century French Paintings, Bignou Gallery, New York, 02/01/1942 - 02/28/1942
French Painting since 1870 lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1946 - 09/07/1946; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 07/01/1953 - 09/13/1953
La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952
French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965; Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968; Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971; Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972
Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977
Manet to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 04/09/1985 - 05/25/1985
The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990
Seurat, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 04/09/1991 - 08/12/1991
Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011