National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Olive Orchard Vincent van Gogh (artist)
Dutch, 1853 - 1890
The Olive Orchard, 1889
oil on canvas
overall: 73 × 92 cm (28 3/4 × 36 1/4 in.) framed: 97.5 x 114.9 x 10.1 cm (38 3/8 x 45 1/4 x 4 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
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From the Tour: Postimpressionism
Object 5 of 8


Mme J. van Gogh-Bonger, the artist's sister-in-law, Amsterdam; sold 1905 to (Paul Cassirer, Berlin); sold 1905 to Julius Stern [1859-1914], Berlin; [1] (his estate sale, Cassirer, Berlin, 22 May 1916, no. 27); bought by Dr. Fritz A. Molle, Brieg. [2] (Dr. Alfred Gold [1874-1958], Berlin); sold 22 October 1929 through (Étienne Bignou, Paris) to (Alex Reid and Lefèvre, Glasgow and London) on joint account with (M. Knoedler & Co., London, New York and Paris); sold 23 May 1931 through (Galerie Étienne Bignou, Paris) to Chester Dale [1882-1962], New York;[3] bequest 1963 to NGA.

[1] Stolwijk, Chris, and Han Veenenbos, The account book of Theo van Gogh and Jo van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam and Leiden, 2002, pp. 49 (14/4), 124 (89/21), 145.

[2] Annotated sales catalogue in Harvard University library (copy NGA curatorial files) gives the name "Moll" as the buyer. He is identified as Dr. Fritz A. Molle of Brieg, near Breslau, in the documentation provided by Bignou to Chester Dale (NGA curatorial records).

[3]Reid & Lefèvre Paintings Sold, sheet no. 291, #226/29 B1657 gives acquisition and sale date and information about half share with Knoedler (Lefèvre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 283). Letter dated 15 October 1929 from Bignou documents his acquisition of the painting from Gold. (Lefèvre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 228).

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