Aug 9, 2021

The Reaper with a Sickle Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot


The Reaper with a Sickle

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796–1875)

DIMENSIONS35.3 x 27 cm (13 7/8 x 10 5/8 in.)
CREDIT LINEBequest of William A. Coolidge


Until 1887, Léon Meinard, Paris; January 28, 1887, Meinard sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 5, to Alfred Robaut (b. 1830 - d. 1909), Paris, for 350 fr [see note 1]. 1889, Paul-Arthur Chéramy, Paris [see note 2]. Philippe de Saint-Albin, Paris. By 1928 until at least 1936 (and probably through 1942 or later), Albert S. Henraux (b. 1881 - d. 1953), Paris [see note 3]. February 29, 1956, sold by Hector Brame and Cesar de Hauke (dealers), Paris, to M. Knoedler and Co., New York (stock no. A6296); May 7, 1956, sold by Knoedler to William Appleton Coolidge (b. 1901 - d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993) 


[1] According to Alfred Robaut, L'Oeuvre de Corot: Catalogue Raisonné et Illustré (Paris, 1905), cat. no. 380. [2] He lent it to the Exposition Centennale de l'Art Français (Paris, 1889), cat. no. 158 bis (as "Femme a la Serpe"). [3] He lent the painting to the "Exposition d'Oeuvres de Camille J. B. Corot, Figures et Paysages d'Italie," Paul Rosenberg, Paris, June 6 - July 7, 1928, cat. no. 18 and "Corot," Musée de L'Orangerie, Paris, 1936, cat. no. 33. Germain Bazin published the painting as being in the Henraux collection in 1942; see his "Corot" (1942), p. 116, cat. no. 51.

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About the sources cited:

"On 13 April 1943 German SS officers and French auxiliaries of the Gestapo of Rue Lauriston seized the collection. After transit in Tulle and Limoges, the paintings were taken to Paris and stored in the Dreyfus Bank where a complete inventory of the Schloss works was drawn up in the presence of a delegation of police officers from the Direction des Services de Police de Sureté, bailiffs and officials from the Sections d'enquête et de contrôle of the Commission for Jewish Affairs, the official receiver, Jean-François Lefranc, Postma who was an expert in Flemish paintings, and curators of the Louvre, René Huyghe and Germain Bazin."  Whereabouts Unknown : Schloss Collection: Non-restituted looted works 1943-1998

"de Haucke, Cesar Monge. Paris, 14 rue du Cherche-Midi. Dealer active in Paris and New York before the war. Active in Paris during the occupation; in contact with Wuester, Haberstock and Hofer; documentary evidence in Unit files." Post-War Reports:Art Looting Intelligence Unit (ALIU) Reports 1945-1946 and ALIU Red Flag Names List and Index

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