Galerie Etienne Bignou, Paris & New York
Alex. Reid and Lefevre (The Lefevre Gallery), London (acquired by 1935)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, November 25, 1959, lot 84
Matthiesen Gallery, London (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above on March 31, 1960
New York, Bignou Gallery, Paul Cézanne, 1936, no. 14
Detroit Institute of Arts, The Russell A. Alger House, 1936
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Paul Cézanne, Peintures, Aquarelles, Dessins, 1983, no. 17, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, 1997-2015 (on loan)
Henri Loyrette describes this chain of events after viewing the first Impressionist exhibition, that lead to his meeting Cézanne: “He immediately commissioned Renoir to paint a portrait of his wife (1875, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart), who posed in a light-colored dress in their apartment on the rue de Rivoli, sitting in front of an oil sketch by Delacroix. It was through Renoir that he met Cézanne: ‘As soon as I met Monsieur Chocquet, I thought about having him buy a Cézanne! I took him to Père Tanguy’s, where he bought a small Study of Nudes. He was delighted with his acquisition, and, while we were returning to his home, he remarked, ‘How well that will go between a Delacroix and a Courbet!" (F. Cachin, I. Cahn, W. Feilchenfeld & H. Loyrette & J. Rishel, Cézanne, Paris, 1996, p. 167).
Cézanne painted several portraits of Chocquet throughout his career, including earlier renderings from 1875-76. The present work is presumed to have been modeled after a photograph found in Cézanne's archives by his son, in which the sitter is wearing the same jacket and tie depicted in the painting. In addition to the present work, Cézanne painted another portrait of Victor Chocquet in 1880, a large and beautifully colored oil now in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio.
This work has been requested for loan to the major Cézanne exhibition curated by Daniel Marchesseau at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny in June 2017.
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