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The Hearing

Jean-Louis Forain, French, 1852 - 1931

Made in France, Europe

c. 1900

Oil on canvas

29 3/8 x 23 7/8 inches (74.6 x 60.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger, 1962

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With F. & J. Tempelaere, Paris. With Kraushaar Galleries, New York, by 1924? [1]; Esther Slater Kerrigan (d. 1951), New York [2]; her sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 8, 1942, no. 49; purchased by Arthur Wiesenberger (1896-1970), New York [3]; gift to PMA, 1962. 1. Provenance according to the 1942 Parke-Bernet catalogue. According to the catalogue entry and a letter from Wiesenberger (see below), it was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art; this was probably the "Special Exhibition of the Work of Jean-Louis Forain," March 12-April 27, 1924, which included five paintings lent by C. W. Kraushaar Art Gallery (Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 11, no. 3, March 1924, p. 54). 2. Esther and Joseph J. Kerrigan had a collection of Forains as early as 1930 (see International Studio, vol. 97, December 1930, p. 60). 3. Letter from Wiesenberger to Henri Marceau, PMA director, November 4, 1963 (in curatorial file). The dealer E. J. (Emanuel Jay) Rousuck (also spelled "Roussuck") may have been involved in the transaction, as his name appears on the painting's stretcher.