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Jos and Lucie Hessel in the Small Salon, Rue de Rivoli

Artist:
Édouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940 La Baule)
Date:
ca. 1900–1905
Medium:
Oil on cardboard mounted on canvas
Dimensions:
14 1/2 x 22 3/8 in. (36.8 x 56.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002
Accession Number:
2003.20.18
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 822
After the Natansons were divorced in 1904, Vuillard shifted his familial attachment from them to the art dealer Jos Hessel and his wife, Lucie, who received the artist every evening at six. The Hessels are seen here in their apartment on the rue de Rivoli, Paris.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): E. Vuillard
the artist (until d. 1940; his studio, Paris, from 1940); [Jacques Dubourg, Paris, until 1953; sold in 1953, for $4,000, as "Intérieur chez Mme Hessel," to Knoedler]; [Knoedler & Co., New York, 1953–54; stock no. A5391; sold in June 1954 to Blaffer]; Sarah Campbell Blaffer, Houston (1954); her daughter, Jane Blaffer Owen, Houston (1954; sold in 1954 to Knoedler); [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1954; stock no. A5786; sold on October 8, 1954 to Annenberg]; Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, Rancho Mirage, California (1954–his d. 2002; his bequest to MMA)

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Summer Loan Collections," July 4–September 2, 1963, no catalogue.

London. Tate Gallery. "The Annenberg Collection," September 2–October 8, 1969, no. 18 (as "Romain Coolus and Mme Hessel").

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 21–September 17, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 117; as "Romain Coolus and Hessel").

Washington. National Gallery of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 6–August 5, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," August 16–November 11, 1990, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," June 4–October 13, 1991, unnumbered cat.

M. Roy Fisher. The Annenberg Collection. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1969, unpaginated, no. 32, ill. (color), identifies the figures as Lucie Hessel and the playwright Romain Coolus.

Jérôme Coignard. "Le Salon de peinture de Mr. et Mrs. Annenberg." Beaux Arts no. 92 (July–August 1991), pp. 72–73, ill. (color).

Joseph J. Rishel in Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Colin B. Bailey, Joseph J. Rishel, and Mark Rosenthal. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1991, pp. 116–17, 205, ill. (color and bw), dates it 1900–1905.

Antoine Salomon, and Guy Cogeval, with the collaboration of Mathias Chivot. Vuillard, the Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels. Milan, 2003, vol. 2, p. 702, no. VII-328, ill., call it "Monsieur and Madame Hessel in the Small Salon, Rue de Rivoli" and date it about 1903; publish Jacques Salomon's identification of the male figure as Jos Hessel.

Joseph J. Rishel in Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. 269–72, no. 50, ill. (color), notes that this is one of a number of paintings depicting the Hessels in the same room.



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