Lot 4
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Jehan Georges Vibert

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • Jehan Georges Vibert
  • Le nouveau commis
  • signed J. G. Vibert (lower right) 
  • oil on panel


Bernhard Stern, New York (and sold, American Art Association, New York, March 6, 1890, lot 120)  
Max Bleiman, New York (acquired at the above sale)
J.J. Gillespie & Co., Pittsburgh (possibly acquired from the above) 
Acquired from the above through the Prendergast Bequest, 1891


Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library, Dedication Loan Exhibition, 1895, no. 288 (as The New Servant)


"Art Galleries and Societies," American Art Annual, Boston, 1900-1, vol. III, p. 114
Descriptive Catalogue of the Art Gallery of the James Prendergast Library Association, Jamestown, New York, 1906, no. 34 (as The New Servant
Katherine E. Manthorne, The Mirror Up to Nature: A Catalogue of 19th and 20th Century Paintings in the Collection of The James Prendergast Library Association, Jamestown, New York, 1982, p. 54 (as The New Servant

Catalogue Note

Le nouveau commis depicts the arrival of a young clerk, luggage in tow, anxious to be received by his new employer, only to be greeted by a talking magpie. This composition is based on the artist’s larger work of the same name that was exhibited at the Salon of 1877 (fig. 1), and illustrated in Vibert’s La Comédie en Peinture (London, 1902, p. 190).

In March 1890 the present work was sold at the American Art Association to Max Bleiman, a New York dealer with ties to J.J. Gillespie & Co. who, just a few months later, exhibited a number of Vibert's paintings at their Pittsburgh gallery. Vibert’s lively, narrative image would have been an ideal acquisition for Gillespie to recommend to the James Prendergast Library in 1891.