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Inscription

lower left: A. Monticelli / 1855[1]

Inscription Notes

[1] Although the painting is dated, the date may be spurious, because the style of the painting fits exactly that which the artist began to use in 1860/1861. This information is recorded on the Corcoran accession record sheet, and comes from 1978 comments by Aaron Sheon, of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh. Sheon, in a letter of 10 May 1978 to Corcoran curator Edward Nygren, wrote: "I feel quite certain that your 'Return from the Hunt' is the painting Monticelli exhibited in the Salon in Marseilles in 1861, with the same title. The date of 1860-61 corresponds perfectly with the style of your picture, and not at all with his early paintings from the mid-1850s." The accession record sheet and letter are in NGA curatorial files.

Provenance

Commissioned by Léon Chave [1822-1899], Marseille;[1] by inheritance to the Chave family, Marseille;[2] sold c. 1914 to William A. Clark [1839-1925], New York;[3] bequest April 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1861
Probably Salon de Marseilles, 1861.
1978
The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 26 April - 16 July 1978, unnumbered catalogue.
1989
The William A. Clark Collection: Treasures of a Copper King, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings; Montana Historical Center, Helena, 1989, unnumbered checklist.
Bibliography
1925
Carroll, Dana H. Catalogue of Objects of Fine Art and Other Properties at the Home of William Andrews Clark, 962 Fifth Avenue. Part I. Unpublished manuscript, n.d. (1925): 199, no. 246.