Lot 129
  • 129

Jean-François Millet

Estimate
3,000 - 4,000 GBP
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Description

  • Jean-François MIllet
  • Deux femmes cousant
  • with the artist's estate sale stamp (lower left) (Lugt 1460)
  • brown and black chalk over traces of pencil on paper
  • 32.6 by 25.4cm., 12¾ by 10in.

Provenance

Estate of the artist (sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 10th-11th May 1875)
J. Staats Forbes, London
The Leicester Galleries (Ernest Brown & Phillips), London (acquired by 1948)
Lord Clark of Saltwood (acquired by 1952)
Ian Woodner Foundation, New York (sale: Christie's, New York, 23rd May 1991, lot 237)
Purchased at the above sale by the late owner

Exhibited

London, The Leicester Galleries, New Year Exhibition, 1948, no. 2
London, Arts Council Gallery, French Drawings from Fouquet to Gauguin, 1952, no. 109 (titled Sitting by the Fire)
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Drawings by Jean-François Millet, 1956, no. 20 (as Etude pour La Veillée)
Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Linie, Licht und Schatten. Meisterzeichnungen und Skulpturen der Sammlung Jan und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 1999, no. 92, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Timeless Eye. Master Drawings from the Jan and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski Collection, 1999, no. 109, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Miradas sin Tiempo. Dibujos, Pinturas y Esculturas de la Coleccion Jan y Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2000, no. 120, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, La Passion du Dessin. Collection Jan et Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2002, no. 106, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Vienna, Albertina, Goya bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2005, no. 78, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Das Ewige Auge - Von Rembrandt bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2007, no. 103, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

Léonce Bénédite, The Drawings of Jean François Millet, London & Philadelphia, 1906, illustrated pl. 15 
Jean-François Millet, (exhibition catalogue), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1984, mentioned p. 73

Condition

Executed on laid paper. The sheet is not laid down and is hinged to the mat in the upper left and right corners. The sheet is undulating slightly and has yellowed very slightly with age. There is a small, minor repair in the upper right corner and a tiny tear at the lower edge (covered by the present mat). This work is in good condition. Held in a faded gilt frame, the mat covering the extreme edges of the sheet, under glass.
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