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Still Life with Flowers

c. 1905
Henri-Julien-Félix Rousseau, French, 1844 - 1910

Object Details
Possibly Robert (1885-1941) and Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), Paris [1]. Possibly Coll. Farges (Henri Farge?) [2]. With Sam Salz, New York, by 1951; sold to Louis E. Stern, New York, June 9, 1951 [3]; bequest to PMA, 1963.1. The provenance provided by Salz to Stern gives the Delaunays as former owners, although this is not confirmed. Robert Delaunay greatly admired Rousseau and acquired some twenty of his works, many directly from the artist; the PMA's Arensberg Collection painting "The Merry Jesters" (1950-134-176) was acquired from the Delaunays (see Henri Rousseau, exhibition catalog, Museum of Modern Art, 1984, "Notes on Early Devotees of Henri Rousseau," p. 262).2. The Getty Research Library's copy of Gauthier's Le Douanier Rousseau, 1949, pl. 12, has a pencil annotation reading "Farges" (uncertain), indicating the painting's current whereabouts (pl. 7, "Les Promeneurs", and pl. 16, "Les Éléphants", are similarly marked). "Farges" may be meant to refer to the artist Henri Farge (possibly the French artist/illustrator Henri Farge, [1884-1970]), former owner of another Rousseau, "La République Française"; see Certigny, Le Douanier Rousseau, 1984, no. 248.3. Copy of dated receipt from Salz to Stern in curatorial file.

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