Provenance Research

Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
France
The Clown, ca. 1918-1922
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
41 3/8 x 29 1/2 in. (105.1 x 74.9 cm)
Bequest of Mary. E. Johnston, 1967.1120
2002 Artists Right Society (ARS), ADAGP, Paris

Signed lower center: "G. Rouault"

Description:
Half-length portrait of a clown with his eyes closed. He wears a light green cap, a white neck ruffle, and a caramel-colored top. His arms are folded across his chest.

Alternate Titles:
Le Pitre

Provenance:

Until March 1939:   (Ambroise Vollard [1867-1939], Paris, sold to)
     
March 1939-?:   Albert Skira, Geneva [1]
     
    (Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne [2])
     
Until 1947:   (Theodore Schempp, New York, sold to)
     
1947-1967:   Mary E. Johnston, Cincinnati, by bequest to
     
1967-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] Correspondence, July 13, 1972, no. 27, Johnston collection file.

[2] Galerie Rosengart confirms the painting was in its possession in the past, but does not have specific records that indicate the dates of its ownership, or the identities of the previous owner or the purchaser. Correspondence, July 11, 2000.

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