About This Artwork

Gaston La Touche
French, 1854–1913

Pardon in Brittany, 1896

Oil on canvas
100.5 x 110.5 cm (39 9/16 x 43 1/2 in.)
signed: G. La Touche

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1130

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, Exhibition of Works by the Members of the “Société des peintres et des sculpteurs”, January 4–26, 1912, cat. 87.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1–November 1, 1934, cat. 282.

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Post-Impressionism: Cross-Currents in European Painting, November 17, 1979–March 16, 1980, cat. 112; traveled to Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, May 25–September 1, 1980.

Publication History

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1913), p. 197, no. 2092.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1914), p. 210, no. 2130.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1925), p. 161.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1932), p. 185.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 255.

Stuart Preston, “Old Wine into New Bottles: Reflections on Post-Impressionism,” Apollo 111, 215 (1980), p. 52.

Selina Baring Maclennan, Gaston La Touche: A Painter of the Belle Époque Dreams (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors Club, 2009), pp. 137–39, 206, pl. 113.

Thomas B. Cole, “About the Cover: Pardon in Brittany,” Journal of the American Medical Association 306, 17 (2011), p. 1836, cover ill.

Ownership History

Victor Harris, New York, by January 1912 [lent to Art Institute of Chicago 1912]. Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago, by April 18, 1912 [according to a receipt in the Ryerson Papers, Art Institute Archives]; on intermittent loan to the Art Institute from 1913 [see Art Institute of Chicago 1913]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.




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