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lower right: G.Courbet.

Provenance

The artist to (Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris) in 1872.[1] (sale, comte de R..., Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 27 January 1875, no. 14, as Femme lisant, 650 francs). Ad. Reitlinger, Paris, by 1882.[2] Alexandre Bernheim-Jeune [d. 1915], Paris.[3] Alexandre Berthier, 4th prince de Wagram [1883-1918], Paris. (Jos Hessel, Paris), in 1923.[4] (E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam), in 1924. (Etienne Bignou, Paris), in 1924; sold to (Paul Rosenberg, Paris);[5] sold before 1931 to Max Silberberg [d. 1944], Breslau, Germany [now Wroclaw, Poland];[6] (his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 9 June 1932, no. 18); Chester Dale [1883-1962], New York; bequest 1963 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1882
Exposition des oeuvres de Gustave Courbet, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1882, no. 30
1912
Exposition centennale de l'art français. Saint Petersberg, 1912, no. 350
1914
Exposition d'art français du XIX siècle, Musée Royal de Copenhague, 1914, no. 39, repro.
1922
Tentoonstelling van Hollandsche en Fransche Kunst, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 1922
1925
Les grandes influences au dix-huitième siècle. De Ingres à Cezanne, Galerie Rosenberg, Paris, 1925, no. 3, as La Liseuse
1930
Ausstellung Gustave Courbet, Galerie Wertheim, Berlin, 1930, no. 36, repro.
1965
The Chester Dale Bequest, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965, unnumbered checklist.
2010
From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, National Gallery of Art, January 2010-January 2012, unnumbered catalogue, repro. (through September 2011 only).
Bibliography
1897
Estignard, Alexandre. G. Courbet, sa vie et ses oeuvres. Besançon, 1896: 187.
1912
Brune, P. Dictionnaire des artists et ouvriers d'art de la France: Franche-Comté. Paris, 1912: 68.
1912
Institut Français de St. Petersbourg. Exposition Centennale de l'art français. Exh. cat., Saint Petersburg, 1912: no. 350.
1912
Monod, François. "L'Exposition Centennale de l'art français." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 4th ser., vol 7 (April 1912): 313.
1914
Moeller, Tyge. "Correspondance de Danemark: l'Exposition de l'art français du XIXe siècle á Copenhague." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 5th ser., vol 12 (1914): 161.
1922
Fontainas, André, and Louis Vauxcelles. Histoire générale de l'art français de la Revolution à nos jours. Paris, 1922: 85, repro.
1927
Kahn, G. L'Art et les Artistes 15, no. 2 (October 1927): 1, repro.
1927
Zervos, Christian. "Idéalisme et naturalisme dans la peinture moderne." Cahiers d'Art 2, no. 9 (1927): 293, repro.
1929
Léger, Charles. Courbet. Paris, 1929: 179, pl. 64.
1930
Kunst und Künstler 29 (November 1930): 85, repro.
1931
Scheffler, Karl. "Die Sammlung Max Silberberg." Kunst und Künstler 30 (October 1931): 6-7, repro.
1932
Art News 30 (28 May 1932): 9, repro.
1932
Beaux-Arts 6, no. 18 (25 June 1932): 9, repro.
1932
Cahiers d'Art 7, no. 1/2 (1932): 41, repro.
1941
Catalogue of French Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 4, pl. VI.
1941
Frankfurter, Alfred M. "Now the Great French 19th Century in the National Gallery." Art News 40, no. 17 (December 15-31, 1941):repro. p. 18
1942
French Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 29, repro.
1944
French Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1944: 29, repro.
1953
French Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1953: 35, repro.
1965
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Paintings & Sculpture of the French School in the Chester Dale Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 51, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 33.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 26, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 84, repro.
1977
Fernier, Robert. La Vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet, catalogue raisonné. Peintures, 1819-1865. Paris, 1977: 172, no. 287, as La Liseuse d'Ornans.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 445, no. 640, color repro.
1985
Courthion, Pierre. L'opera completa di Courbet. Milan, 1985: no. 266, repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 103, repro.
2000
Eitner, Lorenz. French Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I: Before Impressionism. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 126-130, color repro.
2004
Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 359, no. 296, color repro.