509 (Breeskin 505)
Children Playing with a Cat
Alternate title(s): Children Playing with Cat; Enfant jouant avec un chat; Enfants jouant avec un chat; Happy Children and Cat; Mère et enfants jouant avec un chat; Mère et enfants jouant avec un chat (Sara and the Baby Playing with a Cat); Mother and Two Children; Playing with the Cat; Sara and the Baby Playing with a Cat
c. 1907--08
Oil on canvas
32 x 39 1/2 in. (81.28 x 100.33 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
Last known when offered at Sotheby's, New York, 2006

provenance / ownership history
Durand-Ruel, Paris, October 1908, probably from the artist (Paris stock #8855, Paris photo #6220)
to Durand-Ruel, New York, c. December 1908 (N.Y. stock #3295, N.Y. photo #1862), until at least 1947
François Daulte, Paris
to M. Knoedler & Co., New York, June 4, 1965 (stock #A 8893)
to private collection, North Carolina, March 1966
to private collection (his son)
to Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 1998, #24, ill.
to Gloria E. Gurney, New York
consigned by Gurney estate to Sotheby's, New York, November 29, 2006, #136, ill.

exhibition history
1908 Durand-Ruel Paris: #21, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1909 Albright Buffalo: #30, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel, New York
1909 City Art St Louis: #30, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel, New York
1909 National Academy NY: #192, as Children Playing with a Cat
1909 St Botolph Boston: #2, as Enfants jouant avec un chat, lent by Durand-Ruel & Sons
1909a Durand-Ruel NY: possibly in exhibition; no catalogue known
1910 Carnegie Institute: #41, as Children Playing with a Cat
1910 Chicago AIC: #41, as Children Playing with a Cat
1910a Pennsylvania Academy: #682, as Children Playing with a Cat
1911 Durand-Ruel NY: no cat. located
1912 Corcoran DC: #103, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel
1915 Cincinnati Art Museum: #122, as Children Playing with a Cat
1917 Durand-Ruel NY: #19, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1922 City Art St Louis: #23, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel, New York
1923b Durand-Ruel NY: #7, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1924 Durand-Ruel NY: #14, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1924 McClees PA: no #, as Enfant jouant avec un chat
1926 Corcoran DC: #125, as Enfants jouant avec un chat, lent by Messrs. Durand-Ruel
1926--27 Chicago AIC: #2, as Children Playing with a Cat
1926a Durand-Ruel NY: #16, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1927 Penn Museum: #4, as Children Playing with a Cat
1930 Albright Buffalo: #10, ill., as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1930b Durand-Ruel NY: #5, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1931 Arts Club Chicago: #1, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1931 McClees PA: #15, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
1932 Brooklyn Museum: #13, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel
1933--34 City Art St Louis: #15, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel
1934--35 CAA NY: #15, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel Galleries
1935a Durand-Ruel NY: #6, as Children Playing with a Cat
1936 Dallas MFA: #16, as Children Playing with Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel, New York
1936a Milch NY: #5, as Children Playing with a Cat
1937 Brooklyn Museum: #30, as Enfants jouant avec un chat, lent by Durand-Ruel, N.Y.
1939 Haverford PA: #12, as Mother and Two Children, lent by Durand-Ruel Gallery
1941--42 Baltimore Museum: #54, as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by Durand-Ruel, N.Y.
1947 Four Arts FL: #1, ill., as Enfants jouant avec un chat, lent by Durand-Ruel
1965 Knoedler NY: #11, as Mother and Two Children
1972 Salem: #24, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by private collection
1981 Isetan Japan: #44, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat, lent by private collection

published references
American Art News 1909c: p. 3, as "mother and children"
American Art News 1909d: p. 2, as Children Playing with a Cat
American Art News 1909f: p. 2, as Playing with the Cat
Boston Evening Transcript 1909: p. 11, as "No. 2 a nude infant"
Cortissoz 1909: p. 7, as Children Playing with a Cat
NY Evening Post 1909: p. 7, as Children Playing with a Cat
NY Sun 1909a: p. 6, if this is one of "[t]hree new canvases" shown in the 1909a Durand-Ruel NY exhibition
NY Sun 1909c: p. 6, as Children Playing with a Cat
NY Times 1909c: p. 6, as Children Playing with a Cat
American Art News 1910c: p. 2, as "figure pieces"
McCauley 1910: p. 49, as "figure painting"
New International Year Book 1910: p. 548, as Children Playing with a Cat
NY Times Magazine 1910a: p. SM14, as Children Playing with a Cat
NY Times Magazine 1910b: p. SM14, as Children Playing with a Cat
Pattison 1910: p. 15, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat
Studio 1910: p. 160, as Children Playing with a Cat
American Art News 1911a: p. 6, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
Craftsman 1911: p. 543, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat
Syracuse 1911: n.p., ill., as Happy Children and Cat
Segard 1913: following p. 128, ill., as Mère et enfants jouant avec un chat
Townsend 1913: p. 3, as Children Playing with a Cat
Cary 1923: p. 154, as Enfant jouant avec un chat
Longstreth 1924: p. 10, as Enfant jouant avec un chat
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 1924: p. 3, as Children Playing with a Cat
American Magazine of Art 1926a: p. 224, as "two . . . paintings"
NY Herald Tribune 1926: p. 15, as Children Playing with a Cat
NY Times 1926a: p. 25, as Children Playing with a Cat
Philadelphia Public Ledger 1926: p. 3, as Children Playing with a Cat
American Childhood 1927: p. 40, as Children Playing with a Cat
Art News 1927b: p. 2, as Children Playing with a Cat
Art News 1930d: p. 10, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
Wall Street Journal 1930: p. 4, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
Grafly 1931: p. 7, as Enfants jouant avec un chat
Simonton 1936: p. 14, as Children Playing with a Cat
Worcester Collection 1938: p. 56, as "a third reproduced opposite p. 128"
Brinton 1939: n.p., as Mother and Two Children
Art Digest 1941: p. 8, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat
Breuning 1944: p. 40, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 125, as Children Playing with a Cat or Mère et enfants jouant avec un chat
Sweet 1967: p. 47, ill., as Sara and the Baby Playing with a Cat
Hale, N. 1975: p. 130, as Children Playing with a Cat
Love 1980: p. 139, as Children Playing with a Cat
Lindsay 1985: pp. 92, 93, as Children Playing with a Cat
Mathews 1987: pp. 135, 136; p. 137, ill.; p. 138, as Children Playing with a Cat
Van Buren 1989: p. 202n105, as Children Playing with a Cat
Adams and Stenz 1992: p. 35n7, as Children Playing with a Cat
Mathews 1994: p. 285, ill., as Children Playing with a Cat
Berman 1999: n.p., as Children Playing with a Cat

commentary

Swiss art expert François Daulte (d. 1998) specialized in the French Impressionists and wrote numerous volumes including catalogues raisonnés of Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Daulte founded the publishing company La Bibliothèque des Arts.

PAI

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