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lower right: Manet


Sold by the artist to M. Pertuiset, Paris; (his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5 June 1888, no. 3); bought by Isidore Bloch or Hermann Paechter, Berlin. Max Liebermann [1847-1935], Berlin, before 1925; his daughter, Mrs. Kurt Riezler [née Käthe Liebermann, 1885-1952], Berlin and later New York.[1] (Wildenstein and Co., New York); sold 1959 to Paul Mellon [1907-1999], Upperville, Virginia; bequest 1999 to NGA, with life interest to his wife, Rachel Lambert Mellon [1910-2014].

Exhibition History
Exposition Manet, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1884, no. 91.[1]
Exposition des Impressionnistes, Galerie Paul Cassirer, Berlin, 1925.
Ausstelllung Edouard Manet, Galerie Matthiesen, Berlin, 1928, no. 94.
Exhibition of French Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1932, no. 464.
Vier eeuwen stilleven in Frankrijk, Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, 1954, no. 88.
French paintings from the collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1966, no. 44, repro.
Exhibition History Notes

[1] The Melon was displayed immediately to the right of the NGA painting Plum Brandy (1971.85.1) in this exhibition.

Jamot, Paul, and Georges Wildenstein. Manet. 2 vols. Paris, 1932: 1:no. 386, fig. 440.
Bloch, Vitale. "Four Centuries of Still Life in France." The Burlington Magazine 96 (September 1954): 289, fig. 28.
Janda, Karl-Heinz, and Annegret Janda. "Max Liebermann als Kunstsammler." Forschungen und Berichte 15 (1973): 103-149.
Paul, Barbara. "Drei Sammlungen französischer impressionistischer Kunst im kaiserlichen Berlin - Bernstein, Liebermann, Arnhold." Zeitschrift des Deutschen Vereins für Kunstwissenschaft 42 (1988): 17, repro.
Natter, G. Tobias, and Julius H. Schoeps, intro. Max Liebermann und die französischen Impressionisten. Published in conjuction with an exhibition at the Jüdisches Museum, Vienna. Düsseldorf, 1997: 216, repro., 241.
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