The first owner of this painting was Eugène Murer, a pâtissier and restauranteur by profession and a renowned Impressionist art collector who would amass more than a hundred Impressionist canvases by 1890. He was a friend of many of the artists in the Impressionist group and sat for a wonderful portrait by Renoir, now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 1877, the year the present lot was painted (see fig. 1). Pissarro wrote to Murer in December 1878, discussing the purchase of the present painting and another: “I think you will be pleased with my two paintings… they are carefully studied canvases, especially the one of the red house. I’ve never done anything better’’ (unpublished letter, L. and S. archives, quoted in Joachim Pissarro & Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, op. cit., p. 371).
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