This landscape depicts the surroundings of the Provençal village of Saint-Jeannet, situated at the bottom of the Alps. The scene is presented from a low vantage point and the vertical structure of wooden poles and barren tree at left all lead the eye upward, towards the mass of trees lining the edge of the mountain, rising above the field.
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Credit Line:Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): F. VALLOTTON. 22
the artist, Paris (1922–d. 1925; on consignment November 27, 1924–at least 1926/27 to the Galerie Druet, Paris); his widow, Gabrielle Vallotton, Paris (from 1925); [Jacques Rodrigues-Henriques, Paris, until 1927; probably sold on July 29, 1927 to de Groot]; Adelaide Milton de Groot, Paris and New York (1927–d. 1967; on deposit December 22, 1927–January 14, 1929 with Durand-Ruel, Paris, deposit no. D 13277, as "Paysage à Saint Jeannet"; her bequest to MMA)
Paris. Galerie Druet. "Exposition Félix Vallotton," May 15–26, 1922, nos. 29–50 (as "Cagnes et ses environs") [possibly included this picture].
Stockholm. Liljevalchs Konsthall. "Art français moderne," February 2–25, 1923, no. 706 (as "Le Baou") [possibly this picture].
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Masterpieces from the Adelaide Milton de Groot Collection," December 2, 1958–March 1, 1959, no. 45 (as "Mont St. Jeanet").
Roslyn Harbor, N.Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "Normandy and its Artists Remembered," June 12–September 11, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 28; as "Landscape at St. Jeannet").
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Felix Vallotton: Woodcuts and Three Paintings," October 27, 1998–February 28, 1999, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895–1950," March 8–December 31, 2000, extended to January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 42).
New York. AXA Gallery. "Côte d'Azur: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera," April 27–July 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (fig. 45).
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," September 14–November 24, 2002, no. 44.
Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," December 7, 2002–March 9, 2003, no. 44.
Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler. Félix Vallotton et ses amis. Paris, 1936, p. 325, no. 1384, publishes the artist's chronological list of works ("livre de raison"), where this work is described as "Vallée de la Cagne; au fond le Baou, écran d'arbres verts à droite; au centre deux maisons, terrain plat, 1er plan avec choux et terrain labouré".
Katharine Baetjer. European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Artists Born in or before 1865: A Summary Catalogue. New York, 1980, vol. 1, p. 189, vol. 2, ill. p. 323, calls it "Landscape at St.-Jeannet".
Kenneth E. Silver. Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera. Exh. cat., Axa Gallery, New York. Cambridge, Mass., 2001, p. 85, fig. 45 (color).
Marina Ducrey with Katia Poletti. Félix Vallotton, 1865–1925. L'oeuvre peint. Vol. 3, Catalogue raisonné. Seconde partie: 1910–1925 (CR 748 à 1704). Lausanne, 2005, p. 774, no. 1458, ill. (color), call it "Le Baou".
Marina Ducrey with Katia Poletti. Félix Vallotton, 1865–1925. L'oeuvre peint. Vol. 1, Le peintre. Lausanne, 2005, p. 303.
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