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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
A YOUNG GIRL HOLDING AN ORANGE
SALTAR AL LOTE
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
A YOUNG GIRL HOLDING AN ORANGE
SALTAR AL LOTE

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Jean-Baptiste Greuze
TOURNUS 1725 - 1805 PARIS
A YOUNG GIRL HOLDING AN ORANGE

Procedencia

With Wildenstein, London, from whom acquired.

Expuesto

London, Wildenstein, Important French Paintings of the XVIIIth Century, 1956, no. 30;
Folkestone, New Metropole Arts Centre (according to a label on the reverse).

Nota del catálogo

This unpublished painting would appear to represent a betrothal portrait of a young girl who is perhaps engaged, or of marriageable age, indicated by the garland of white flowers in her hair and the orange she holds - a symbol of love and marriage. Greuze produced a number of other paintings depicting figures holding fruit, such as Child with an apple at the National Gallery, London.1 The present work most closely resembles a painting of comparable design and style of an unknown young woman, once thought to be the artist's daughter, which was sold New York, Sotheby's, 22 January 2004, lot 213.1 We are grateful to Alastair Laing for suggesting that both these paintings most probably date to around the 1780s. 

1. Inv. no. NG1020. 
2. Ex-Stroganoff collection, and subsequently owned by Fine Art Montparnasse, New York and Connecticut. Another version of this portrait, from the estates of the comtesse de La Rochefoucauld and Suzanne Romain, was sold Nice, Hotel Plaza, 26 November 2000.

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