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Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
Nocturne, 1939
Oil on cardboard, mounted on canvas
28 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (71.8 x 99.7 cm)
Bequest of Mary E. Johnston, 1967.1121
2002 Artists Right Society (ARS), ADAGP, Paris

Signed lower right: "G. Rouault"

Landscape with a horse and rider and other figures in the foreground. In the distance is a tower. The upper half of the canvas is devoted to a thickly painted, heavy sky.

Alternate Titles:


1939-1940:   Georges Rouault, Paris, consigned or sold to [1]
By at least November 1940-July 22, 1941:   (Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, sold to [2])
July 22, 1941-1967:   Mary E. Johnston, Cincinnati, by bequest to
1967-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The painting was published as being in Rouault's collection in Lionello Venturi, George Roualt, New York: E. Weyhe, 1940, figure 165. Roualt apparently intended the painting for the Pierre Matisse Gallery, as an inscription on the stretcher reads "Pour Matisse."

[2] The Pierre Matisse Gallery gave the painting stock number 1079 and loaned it to Georges Rouault-Retrospective Loan Exhibition, Institute of Modern Art, Boston; Phillips Gallery, Washington D.C.; and the San Francisco Museum of Art, November 1940 to March 1941, no. 77. The date of sale to Johnston is recorded at the The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives. See correspondence, May 22, 2000.

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