The Court of the Princess

Adolphe Monticelli (French, Marseilles 1824–1886 Marseilles)
Oil on wood
15 x 23 3/8 in. (38.1 x 59.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
Not on view
[Daniel Cottier, London, until d. 1891; his estate sale, Durand-Ruel, Paris, May 27–28, 1892, no. 112, as "La Princesse," bought in for Fr 3,500; sold by Cottier and Co. in 1907 to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic," October 30, 1973–January 6, 1974, no. 43.

Marion Hepworth Dixon. "Monticelli." Art Journal (1895), p. 214, as "The Princess".

G. Arnaud d' Agnel and E[mile Noël Marie]. Isnard. Monticelli: Sa vie et son œuvre (1824–1886). Paris, 1926, p. 145.

Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, p. 140, ill., comment that this picture was inspired by the Italian Renaissance.

André M. Alauzen and Pierre Ripert. Monticelli: Sa vie et son œuvre. Paris, 1969, p. 366, fig. 582.

Charles S. Moffett. Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1973, unpaginated, no. 43, dates it about 1862.

Aaron Sheon. Monticelli: His Contemporaries, His Influence. Exh. cat., Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute. Pittsburgh, 1978, p. 52, pl. 37, dates it about 1863–65; notes the influence of Watteau, Loubon, Guigou, and Diaz in Monticelli's paintings of "fêtes galantes" from this period.

John Pope-Hennessy. "Roger Fry and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oxford, China, and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton on his Eightieth Birthday. Ed. Edward Chaney and Neil Ritchie. London, 1984, p. 235, notes that Fry called it "'a first-rate example of a different aspect of Monticelli's genius'".

Sauveur Stammégna. Catalogue des œuvres de Monticelli. Vol. 2, Vence, 1986, p. 155, no. 856, ill.

Charles Garibaldi and Mario Garibaldi. Monticelli. Geneva, 1991, ill. p. 44 (color), date it about 1864–65.