Piette's House at Montfoucault
Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 27 7/8 in. (46.4 x 70.8 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: C. Pissarro. 1874
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.826
- [Ambroise Vollard, Paris, until d. 1939];1
- [Etienne Bignou, Paris];
- [Sam Salz, Paris; moved to New York, 1939; sold to Durand-Ruel, Mar. 4, 1941];2
- [Durand-Ruel, New York; sold to Clark, Mar. 6, 1941];
- Robert Sterling Clark (1941-1955);
- Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.
- After Vollard's death in July 1939, his collection was inherited by his brother Lucien and by Robert de Galea, the son of Vollard's mistress. Lucien sold much of his portion to the dealer Martin Fabiani, who attempted to ship the paintings to the United States for sale. The shipment was confiscated by the British in September 1940 and returned to Fabiani on May 30, 1949 (see Lynn H. Nicholas, The Rape of Europa [New York, 1994], pp. 92-93). Since this painting was bought by Clark in 1941, it must not have been among those owned by Fabiani. The Clark painting thus may have been owned by Lucien Vollard but not sold to Fabiani, or owned by de Galea.
- According to a comment in Sterling Clark's unpublished diary, dated Feb. 1, 1941, Sam Salz had acquired the painting in Paris. It therefore seems likely that Salz bought it in 1939, before leaving Paris for New York.