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Place du Pont, Sarcelles

Maurice Utrillo, French, 1883 - 1955

Object Details
Probably with Louis Libaude (d. 1922), Paris; probably with Galerie Barbazanges/Hodebert, Paris [1]. Baron Eduard von der Heydt (1882-1964), Elberfeld, Germany, and later Ascona, Switzerland, as of 1926 [2]. Possibly with Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, as of 1927 [3]. Private Collection, Switzerland (probably von der Heydt) [4]; with Sam Salz, New York; sold to Louis E. Stern, New York, October 30, 1950 [5]; bequest to PMA, 1963.1. A painting with the title "Sarcelles, place du Pont" was included in the January 1925 exhibition "Oeuvres anciennes de Maurice Utrillo" at the Galerie Barbazanges. The exhibition comprised 63 works dated 1910-1914 from the legacy of Louis Libaude, Utrillo's first dealer, which were among the 100 Utrillos belonging to Libaude acquired after his death by Hodebert, successor-owner of the Galerie Barbazanges. The exhibition checklist does not illustrate this painting, nor does it give dimensions, however the title (whether "Sarcelles, place du Pont" or "Place du Pont, Sarcelles", in its current form) is a rare one: the Stern painting is the only one by this title listed in Pétridès' catalog for the earlier period (only one similar title is listed: no. 76, "Grande rue à Sarcelles", c. 1908). Therefore, the painting exhibited in 1925 was most likely the Stern painting.2. Lent by von der Heydt to the exhibition held at Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, "Maurice Utrillo, 1906-1926," no. 5 (illus.); listed as "not for sale" (unverkäuflich).3. Reproduced in Karl Scheffler, Europäische Kunst in 19. Jahrhundert (Berlin, 1927), v. 2, p. 194, as "by permission of Galerie A. Flechtheim, Berlin" -- however, this may indicate merely that the photo reproduction was obtained from Flechtheim, who published the work in an exhibition catalogue of the previous year, and not that Flechtheim was the owner.4. Per provenance provided by Salz. Baron von der Heydt purchased a property in Ascona, Switzerland, in 1927, and obtained Swiss citizenship in 1937 (source: Neue Deutsche Biographie), so his may be the private collection to which Salz referred. 5. Copy of dated receipt from Salz to Stern in curatorial file (exchanged for a painting by Sisley).

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