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Composition No. 2

Jean Lurçat, French, 1892 - 1966

Object Details
Purchased from the artist by Bernard Davis, La France Art Institute, Philadelphia, by 1934 [1]; sale, La France Art Institute collection, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Philadelphia, March 31-April 1, 1937, lot 174; purchased by Fiske Kimball (1888-1955) and Marie Kimball (1889-1955), Philadelphia; bequest to PMA, 1955.1. Davis lent the painting to the Pennsylvania Museum (later Philadelphia Museum) of Art exhibition, "Collection of the La France Art Institute (The Bernard Davis Collection)," March 17-April 18, 1934, no. 32. According to the 1937 sale catalogue, he acquired the work from the artist. Bernard 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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