National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of La Mousmé Vincent van Gogh (artist)
Dutch, 1853 - 1890
La Mousmé, 1888
oil on canvas
overall: 73.3 x 60.3 cm (28 7/8 x 23 3/4 in.) framed: 99 x 86.3 x 10.1 cm (39 x 34 x 4 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
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From the Tour: Postimpressionism
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Mme J. van Gogh-Bonger, the artist's sister-in-law, Amsterdam; sold May 1909 to (J.H. de Bois [C.M. van Gogh], The Hague); sold 1909 to Carl Sternheim [1878-1942], Munich and later La Hulpe, Belgium; [1] traded 1909 to (Bernheim-Jeune & Cie, Paris).[2] (Jos Hessel, Paris). (Paul Rosenberg and Co., Paris). Georges Bernheim, Paris. Alphonse Kann [1870-1948], Paris, by 1917.[3] J.B. Stang, Oslo;[4] sold 3 January 1928 through (Dr. Alfred Gold [1874-1958], Berlin) to (Alex Reid and Lefèvre, Ltd., Glasgow and London) on joint account with (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); sold 21 May 1929 through (Galerie Étienne Bignou, Paris) to Chester Dale [1883-1962], New York;[5] bequest 1963 to NGA.

[1] Jan Frederik Heijbroek and E.L. Wouthuysen, Kunst, kennis en commercie: de kunsthandelaar J.H. de Bois (1878-1946), Amsterdam, 1993, p.195. See also Walter Feilchenfeldt, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cassirer, Berlin: The Reception of van Gogh in Germany from 1901-1914, Zwolle, 1988, p. 94. A label from the "Kunsthandel C.M. van Gogh, Keizersgracht 953, Amsterdam" is on the back of the painting.

[2] The Sternheim, Tagebücher 1905-1927. Die Jahre mit Carl Sternhaim. Mainz, 1995, p. 25 mentions Carl trading the portrait to Bernheim-Jeune in exchange for a landscape. Bernheim-Jeune & Cie no. 16771 per label on back of painting. Hessel, Rosenberg and Georges Bernheim per Chester Dale papers, NGA curatorial files.

[3] Lent by Kann to 1917 Französische Kunst des XIX. u. XX. Jahrhunderts, Zürchner Kunsthaus, no.108, as Fillette d'Arles. There is also a partial label on the back of the painting "Alph. Kann. van Gogh, Fillette d'Arles."

[4] The Stang collection was visited in January 1929 by Cesar de Hauke and Germain Seligmann, per Seligmann papers, Archives of American Art, Box 208 (copy NGA curatorial file). The collection was described, and this painting reproduced, by Paul Jamot in "L'Art français en Norvège," La Renaissance February 1929. This painting, however, was already sold by Dr. Alfred Gold to Reid & Lefèvre by that time. See Reid & Lefèvre, Paintings Sold, sheet no. 161, #312/28 B1343, which records the date of purchase from Gold as 3 January 1928 (Lefèvre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 283). Gold was selling pictures from the Stang collection over a number of years. See Box 394 Seligmann papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (copies in NGA curatorial files).

[5] Invoice dated 5 April 1929 from Bignou to Reid & Lefèvre for the re-framing of the painting suggests it was in Paris by that time (Lefèvre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 180). On 29 May 1929 Bignou writes that he has shipped the picture to London (Lefèvre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 218).

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