Portrait of Madame Metzinger

Jean Metzinger Catalogue Raisonné

Number: AM-11-002 Jean Metzinger

Date: 1911 (September)

Title: Portrait of Madame Metzinger

Medium: Oil on canvas board mounted on panel

Dimensions: 27.3 x 21.6 cm

Collection: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Inscriptions: Signed (lower left) (titled and dated September 1911 on the verso)

Provenance: Galerie Jacques Bonjean, Paris

Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie l’Effort Moderne, Paris, by 1935

A. E. Gallatin, by October 1935 

Bequest to PMA, 1952

Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, “Les Créateurs du Cubisme,” March-April 1935, preface by Maurice Raynal, catalogue by Raymond Cogniat, no. 134 (Collection de M. Léonce Rosenberg).

Gallery of Living Art press release of 28 October 1935 includes this work as a new acquisition.

Albert Eugene Gallatin Collection (probably acquire in Paris during the summer of 1935, and remained in his collection until 1952).  (See Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph.D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 1, p. 290)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Accession Number: 1952-61-81

Literature: Museum of Living Art, A. E. Gallatin Collection, New York University, 1940

Jean Metzinger in Retrospect, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1985, no. 24, reproduced p. 48

Kenneth E. Silver, Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends, and Lovers, Bruce Museum, 2008, ill. 4, reproduced.

Notes: Metzinger’s 1910 portrait of his wife titled Dame au décolleté (AM-10-004) predates the smaller PMA version. Although both paintings share common characteristics, notably the subject, the PMA version is not a study for the larger version.

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