Julia Child, the beloved American chef, author and television personality, was the second owner of this painting. Her husband, Paul, gave this work to her while the couple lived in Paris. La jeune fille aux pommes de terre hung in their home from the year it was painted in 1952 until Child's death in 2004.
(fig. 1) Photograph of Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle in the Child's kitchen, with the present work in the background. Photograph by Paul Child, 8 March 1953.