Provenance Research

Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
Christ in Profile, ca. 1930
Oil on cardboard, mounted on canvas
28 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (73 x 60.3 cm)
Bequest of Mary E. Johnston, 1967.1429
2002 Artists Right Society (ARS), ADAGP, Paris

Signed lower right: "G. Rouault"

Profile bust of Christ wearing the crown of thorns.




    Georges Rouault, Paris
    Alexander Farra, Paris
    (Theodore Schempp, New York)
By at least November 1940-March 1941:   Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ault, New York [1]
By November 1942-
February 10, 1943:
  (Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, sold to [2])
February 10, 1943-1967:   Mary E. Johnston, Cincinnati, by bequest to [3]
1967-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum [4]

[1] Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ault loaned the painting to Georges Rouault-Retrospective Loan Exhibition, Institute of Modern Art, Boston; Phillips Gallery, Washington D.C.; and the San Francsico Museum of Art, November 1940 to March 1941, no. 4.

[2] The Pierre Matisse Gallery assigned the painting inventory number 1251 and loaned it to French Art in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Rhode Island School of Design, November 1942.

[3] The Pierre Matisse Gallery invoice for the sale of the painting to Johnston is dated February 19, 1943. The family records indicate she owned it in December 1942. Johnston may have acquired the painting on approval from the gallery before she made the decision to purchase it. See correspondence, July 13, 1972, and May 22, 2000. The Pierre Matisse Gallery archives are held at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

[4] The painting was retained by Johnston's niece, Jean Weaver of Hissborough, California, until 1971, when it formally entered the CAM's collection.

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