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Ludus Pro Patria
(Pierre Puvis de Chavannes)

Description

The whereabouts of this painting, called an esquisse for Ludus Pro Patria by Durand-Ruel in 1887, was unknown to Puvis de Chavannes scholars until its discovery in 2010. The canvas was cut into two parts by the artist; the smaller right-hand fragment is today in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art, USA.

Measurements
94 x 280 cm
Type
Oil on board
Provenance

Lazare Weiller; by descent.

Literature

A. Michel, “Exposition de M. Puvis de Chavannes,” Gazette des beaux-arts (1888); J. Buisson, “Puvis de Chavannes, Souvenirs Intimes,” Gazette des beaux-arts (1899); Marius Vachon, Puvis de Chavannes (1900); Camille Mauclair, Puvis de Chavannes, Paris (1928); The Toledo Museum of Art, European Paintings, Toledo (1976); Louise d’Argencourt, Puvis de Chavannes, 1824–1898, Exh. cat., Grand Palais, Paris and Ottawa (1977); Aimée Brown Price, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Exh. cat., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, (1994); From Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso: Toward Modern Art, Exh. cat. Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2002) ; Louise d’Argencourt, Puvis de Chavannes: Une voie singulière au siècle de l’Impressionnisme, Exh. cat., Musée de Picardie. Amiens (2005); Aimée Brown Price, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, New Haven (2010).

Exhibited

Paris, Durand-Ruel, 1887, no. 35 as Pro Patria Ludus; Paris, Durand-Ruel, “Exposition de tableaux, esquisses & dessins de Puvis de Chavannes,” June–July 1899, as Ludus pro Patria ; Paris, Hotel Drouot, November 1901, no. 38 as La Fammille.

Historical Period
Realism to Impressionism - 1840-1900
Subject
Literary
School
French
Price band
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