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Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743)
The Swing, ca. 1730-35
Oil on canvas
38 x 49 1/2 in. (96.5 x 125.7 cm)
Gift of Emilie L. Heine in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Hauck, 1940.976

A woman seated on a swing is in the center of the composition. A man at left, with his back to the viewer, holds a rope attached to her swing and pulls her toward him. Two figures are in the shrubbery at the left.

Alternate Titles:


    Wynn Ellis [d. 1875], England
Until June 11, 1926:   Mrs. Taylor, London, sold through Christies's, London, June 1, 1926, lot 108, to
June 11, 1926-at least November 1933:   (Wildenstein & Co., Paris and New York [1])
Before 1940:   (Possibly John Levy Galleries, New York, or Schneider-Gabrielle Galleries, New York, possibly sold to [2])
By at least 1940-1949:   Emilie L. Heine, Cincinnati, given with life interest to [3]
1949-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Wildenstein & Co., New York, loaned the painting to the exhibition Century of Progress, Chicago Art Institute, June 1 to November 1, 1933, no. 220. Christie's archives identify S. Wildenstein as the buyer at the June 11, 1926, sale. Correspondence, September 19, 1994.

[2] Albert K. Schneider worked as Emilie L. Heine's dealer for many years. He and Gilbert Gabriel worked with John Levy for approximately twenty-five years before opening their own gallery in 1938. Schneider was closely associated with Heine for many years and helped her in acquiring her artwork. In 1940 Heine gave a collection of paintings to the CAM with life interest reserved. Schneider-Gabriel Galleries was requested by the CAM to send detailed information on the works that Heine acquired through the Schneider-Gabriel Galleries or John Levy Galleries. The provenance information sent by Schneider-Gabriel Galleries does not offer specific dates of sale, nor does it clarify if Heine purchased the paintings from them or from John Levy Galleries. See: Art Digest, October 1, 1938, p. 11; correspondence, May 25, 1940, and July 5, 1940, Heine collection file; Schneider-Gabriel Galleries booklet, no. 44, Heine collection file.

[3] Emilie L. Heine, a collector with a penchant for the Barbizon school, began collecting art around 1912 and continued until the mid-1940s. The majority of the paintings were acquired for her Cincinnati home during the 1920s and 1930s, but specific dates of purchase for most are not known. Heine gave this painting and numerous others to the CAM with life interest reserved in 1940. The Heine collection came to the CAM after her death in 1949.

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