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Ma Jolie



On display in H200

oil paintcanvaspainting

Artwork Details

Creation Date
oil on canvas
Object Types
paintings, oil paintings

21-3/16 x 25-5/8 in. (unframed) 32-7/8 x 37-1/4 x 3-1/8 in. (framed, variable dimensions, Optium)

Mark Description

Unsigned Inscriptions within image: MAJOLIE [red on green] | BASS [brown on gray] | JO[truncated, black on gray]

Accession Number
Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. James W. Fesler

© Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

Color Palette

From the artist to his dealer, (Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler [1884-1979], Paris, France) upon completion of the painting.{1} (Léonce Rosenberg [1877-1947], Paris);{2} purchased by Katherine Dreier [1877-1952], founder and president of the Société Anonymne, in 1922.{3} Possibly via (Karl Nierendorf, New York, New York) to (Theodore Schempp, New York City) around 1942;{4} from Schempp to Caroline Marmon Fesler [1878-1960], Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1944;{5} her bequest to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1961. {1} Picasso signed an exclusive three-year contract with Kahnweiler on 18 December 1912, which is reproduced in Malcolm Gee, Dealers, Critics and Collectors of Modern Painting: Aspects of the Parisian Art Market between 1910 and 1930, Garland Publishing, New York and London 1981, Appendix A-18. Kahnweiler photographed every object in his possession, and this painting is given as Archives Photo 317 by Pierre Daix and Joan Rosselet, Picasso, the Cubist years, 1907-1916: a catalogue raisonné of the paintings and related works, Boston, 1979, catalogue no. 622 (illustration) Also in Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1912 à 1917, volume 2, Paris, 1932-1978, catalogue no. 505 (illustration) {2} This painting does not appear to have been included in the four sales in which Kahnweiler's stock was dispersed by the French government between 1921 and 1923. The expert responsible for the catalogue and sales estimates was Léonce Rosenberg, who was enthusiastic about the cubist works of Picasso, among others. A 'Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie de l'Effort Moderne' label bearing the stock number '5296,' once located on the verso of the painting, is preserved in IMA Historical File (61.36). {3} See Robert L. Herbert et al., The Société Anonymne and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, Connecticut, and London, England, 1984, p. 530. {4} Nierendorf's name appears in a hand-written record (probably in Wilbur Peat's handwriting; Peat was Director of the John Herron Art Museum from 1929 to 1965) of the provenance of this painting. In 1942 in order to 'raise funds for Yale to use in maintaining the Société Anonymne,' Dreier sold a handful of items, including this painting. See Herbert, ibid., pp. 530, 765, 772. {5} Invoice and receipt from Schempp to Fesler, both January 1944, in IMA Historical File (61.36).

Exhibition Name



Picasso and the Great War

Columbus Museum of Art

June 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016

The Art of Music

San Diego Museum of Art

September 26, 2015 - January 5, 2016

Caroline Marmon Fesler Collection

Indianapolis Museum of Art

August 4, 1976 - October 10, 1976

La Peinture Francois Collections Americaines

May 13, 1966 - September 15, 1966

International Exhibition, Societe Anonyme

Brooklyn Museum of Art

1926 - 1926

From Ingres to Picasso

Baltimore Museum of Art

Dates Unknown

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