Provenance Research

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
France
Landscape, ca. 1910-15
Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. (46.4 x 60.3 cm)
Bequest of Mary E. Johnston, 1967.1318
© 2002 Artists Right Society (ARS), ADAGP, Paris

Description:
Dense landscape with a meadow and high grasses in the foreground, two trees in the middle ground, and a forest in the background. Figures recline and stand in the foreground.

Alternate Titles:
Fauns dans un Paysage

Provenance:

?-July 1939:   (Ambroise Vollard [1867-1939], Paris, by bequest to)
     
July 1939-probably after 1944:   Robert de Galea, Paris, sold to [1]
     
By at least 1950:   (Theodore Schempp, New York, sold to)
     
1950-1967:   Mary E. Johnston, Cincinnati, by bequest to
     
1967-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] Robert de Galea's mother was Vollard's friend. Vollard, who died in July 1939, left half of his estate to de Galea. During World War II, de Galea's collection was first stored in a family home just outside of Paris. When the Allies requisitioned the house, the art collection was secretly moved to an island near Chantilly. De Galea quickly moved it again because the island was to be used for U. S. bombing practice. It is not known where the paintings were taken next, but the works survived and de Galea later sold Bonnard's Landscape to dealer Theodore Schempp, sometime between 1944 and 1950. See CAM curatorial file; and Lynn H. Nicholas, The Rape of Europa, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994, pp. 304-305.

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