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Composition

c. 1926
Jean Souverbie, French, 1891 - 1981

Object Details
Bernard Davis, La France Art Institute, Philadelphia, by 1937 and probably by 1934 [1]; sale, La France Art Institute collection, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Philadelphia, March 31-April 1, 1937, lot 41, illus. (as "Composition [Green Figures]"); purchased by Fiske Kimball (1888-1955) and Marie Kimball (1889-1955), Philadelphia; bequest to PMA, 1955.1. A Souverbie work, "Three Figures", described as "three almost classic nudes ... by a parapet overlooking the sea" was included in the exhibition of the Bernard Davis Collection at the PMA, March 17-April 18, 1934, no. 44 (copy of checklist and exhibition description by Henry Clifford in curatorial file). Davis, owner of La France Industries textile mills in Philadelphia, began forming his extensive collection of modern art around 1919, much of it acquired in Paris. He exhibited it at the galleries of the La France Art Institute art school, founded 1923, of which he served as president (see American Art Annual 1923-1937; introduction to Freeman sale catalogue; and R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Henry McCarter, Cambridge, MA, 1944, p. 74).

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