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La Comédienne (copy 1)

Entered December 2017

 

Le Bosquet de Bacchus (Copy 1)

 

Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

74 x 60 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

La Comédienne italienne

 

PROVENANCE

London, Sotheby’s, “The Property of a Gentleman,” December 8, 1965, lot 69: “JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD . . .  PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN / A young woman with blonde hair, half length, turned to the right, wearing a low-cut blue dress with slashed sleeves, a yellow stole tied with a red ribbon and a blue feathered hat. Oval  29¼ in. by 23¾ in. (See illustration).” Sold to Mackintosh for £2,800 ($7,840).

 

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mathey, “La Comédienne” (1967), 91.

Macchia and Montagni, L’opera completa di Watteau (1968), under cat. 3o-C.

 

REMARKS

When this painting came up for sale in 1965, it was attributed to Fragonard, the same attribution as the picture now in the Fogg Museum (our copy 2)

 

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La Comédienne (copy 2)

Entered December 2017

Le Bosquet de Bacchus (copy)

 

Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Fogg Museum, inv. 1943.1354

Oil on canvas

60 x 48 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Portrait of a Woman

 

PROVENANCE

New York, art market, c. 1895; bought by Grenville L. Winthrop.

New York, collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop (1864-1943; lawyer). His gift to the Harvard Art Museum in 1943.

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Wolohojian, A Private Passion (2003), 12.

 

REMARKS

When Winthrop bought this picture in 1895, it was attributed to Fragonard. It was still classified under that artist’s name when it entered the Fogg Museum in 1943. Unfortunately, the painting’s existence was not known to Mathey. After his publication, the attribution was changed and it was recognized to be a copy after Watteu’s La Comédienne.

It is slightly smaller than the other two versions.

 

For La Comediénne, CLICK HERE