Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Artist:
Jean-François Raffaëlli (French, Paris 1850–1924 Paris)
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
27 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (69.9 x 80 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.123
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): JFRAFFAELLI
[Knoedler, New York, 1901–08; stock no. 8246; purchased on April 30 for $800; sold to MMA]
Paris. Champ-de-Mars. "Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts," April 24–?, 1897, no. 1043 (as "L'église Saint-Germain des Prés," possibly this picture).

New York. Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies. "Paris: A Loan Exhibition," December 9, 1943–January 9, 1944, unnumbered cat. (pl. 18; as "St. Germain des Prés").

New York. Knoedler. "An Exhibition of Paintings and Prints of Every Description, on the Occasion of Knoedler, One Hundred Years, 1846–1946," April 1–27, 1946, no. 81 (as "Street Scene, Paris").

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "So This is Paris/ Voici Paris," October 4–29, 1950, no. 36 (as "Place St. Germain des Pres").

New York. American Federation of the Arts. "A Landscape View of 19th Century France (circulating exhibition)," September 1, 1954–1957, no catalogue?

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "La Belle Époque," December 6, 1982–September 4, 1983, unnum. checklist (as "Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris").

Roslyn Harbor, N.Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "La Belle Époque," June 11–September 24, 1995, unnumbered cat.

"Art at Home and Abroad. Two New Pictures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." New York Times (June 21, 1908), p. X10.

Arsène Alexandre. Jean-François Raffaelli: Peintre, graveur et sculpteur. Paris, 1909, pp. 225, 232, no. 26, as "Saint-Germain-des-Prés"; lists it among works from 1897.

Gustave Coquiot. "Artistes contemporains. Jean-François Raffaëlli (2e et dernier article)." Gazette des beaux-arts, 4th ser., 53 (February 1911), p. 140, lists it among paintings of Parisian churches from 1897.

Charles Louis Borgmeyer. The Master Impressionists. Chicago, 1913, pp. 141–43, ill., as "Street Scene in Paris".

Elisabeth Luther Cary. "Two French Painters in Their Less Familiar Guise." New York Times (July 30, 1933), p. 118.

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, pp. 217–18, ill., tentatively identify it as no. 1043 in Exh. Paris 1897; note that it is the view of the abbey church as seen from the Rue de Rennes.

Barbara Schinman Fields. "Jean-François Raffaelli (1850–1924): The Naturalist Artist." PhD diss., Columbia University, 1979, p. 331, calls it "Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés" and dates it about 1896–97.



A sketch for this composition, (oil on panel, 8 x 9 1/2 in.), was sold at Sotheby's, London, December 7, 1966, no. 44. A different view of this same site is depicted in a painting in the Singer Museum, Laren, The Netherlands (about 1910; oil on cardboard, 65 x 83 cm).
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