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Jean-Baptise Greuze (Tournus 1725-1805 Paris)
Jean-Baptise Greuze (Tournus 1725-1805 Paris)

A young girl with a dog on her lap

Details
Jean-Baptise Greuze (Tournus 1725-1805 Paris) A young girl with a dog on her lap oil on canvas 17 7/8 x 15 in. (45.4 x 38.1 cm.)
Provenance
Prince Trubetskoï, St. Petersburg, by 1839.
with Demotte, Paris and New York, from whom purchased in 1926 by
William Randolph Hearst, New York.
Edwards collection, Santiago, Chile.
(Possibly) with Adolphe Stein, Paris, 1970.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 29 March 1974, lot 3.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1983, lot 68, where purchased by the present owner.
Literature
J. Smith, Catalogue raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, VIII, London, 1839, p. 438, no. 148.
J. Martin and C. Masson, 'Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné de J.-B.. Greuze', inside C. Mauclair, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Paris, 1906, p. 53, no. 809.
Sale Room Notice
Please note that the present lot is presented in a Louis XIII frame on loan from Diego Salazar Antique Frames.
This frame is available for purchase. Please inquire with the department.

Lot Essay

We are grateful to Edgar Munhall for confirming the attribution to Greuze and in a written communication dated 9 December 2003, he states: '...this Girl with a Dog on Her Lap appears to me to be an autograph work by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, executed around 1800. The young female type in her 'innocent' décolletage is familiar from many late works by the artist and the dog ranks among the best he ever painted'.

A number of inferior versions or copies of the composition exist, including one in a private collection, France (with the dog's eyes facing right).

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