About This Artwork

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839-1906

House on a River, 1885/90

Oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 24 1/8 in. (51.4 x 62.3 cm)

Bequest of Joseph Winterbotham, 1954.304

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Arts Club of Chicago, The Joseph Winterbotham Collection, December 9-December 31, 1936, cat. 5.

Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Trésors impressionnistes du Musée de Chicago, June 27-August 31, 1980, pp. 49, 69, no. 34 (ill.).

Kyoto, Municipal Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from The Art Institute of Chicago, March 4-April 13, 1986, pp. 96 (color ill.), 152, cat. 45, traveled to Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, October 18-December 17, 1985 and Fukuoka Art Museum, January 5-February 2, 1986.

The Arts Club of Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition 1916-1991, May 11-June 26, 1992, pp. 17 (color ill.), 101.

Kunstforum Wien and Kunsthaus Zürich, Cézanne: Finished -Unfinished, January 20-April 25, 2000; May 5-July 30, 2000, pp. 315, 405, cat. 100 (color ill.).

Publication History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 72.

Douglas E. Kneeland, “Cézanne Worth $2 Million are Discovered Stolen in Chicago,” New York Times (December 28, 1978).

Nathaniel Sheppard, Jr., “3 Stolen Cézanne Works Recovered: Suspect Arrested,” New York Times (May 24, 1979), ill.

The Joseph Winterbotham Collection: A Living Tradition (Chicago, 1986), pp. 13, 42 (color ill.), 59.

The Joseph Winterbotham Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Institute Museum Studies, vol. 20, no. 1 (1994), pp.120, 121 (ill.).

John Rewald, Walter Feilchenfeldt and Warman Jayne, The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné (New York, 1996), p. 451, no. 723, fig. 723.

Ownership History

Ambroise Vollard, Paris [see Rewald 1996; 1899-1900 stockbook no. 3667, as “Paysage esquissé et manoir aussi le tout se reflétant dans l’eau” 51x 61, copy in curatorial file]. Bignou Gallery, New York, stock no. 2399 B [based on annotated list of loans to the 1936 Arts Club exhibition and confirmed by an undated photograph of the painting in an album of paintings that passed through the Bignou Gallery preserved at the Frick Art Reference Library, New York]; sold to Joseph Winterbotham (died 1954), Burlington, Vermont, by 1936 [lent to 1936 Arts Club exhibition]; bequeathed to the Art Institute in 1954; offered for sale, Sotheby’s, New York, November 11, 1987, lot 23 (ill.); bought in; reaccessioned by The Board of Trustees, Art Institute, October 8, 2001.

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