344 (Breeskin 996)
Margot Wearing a Blue Gauze Bonnet
Alternate title(s): Margot au chapeau bleu; Portrait de Margot au bonnet bleu
1900--01
Pastel on paper
20 7/8 x 17 3/4 in. (53.02 x 45.08 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
Last known when offered at Sotheby's, London, 1987

provenance / ownership history
Likely with Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Collection Natanson, Paris
Tristan Bernard, Paris
André Weil, Paris, February 6, 1953
to André Gombert, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1965
Enghien Hôtel des Ventes, Enghien-les-Bains, France, March 22, 1987, #28, ill., as Margot au chapeau bleu
Sotheby's, London, July 1, 1987, #437, ill., as Portrait de Margot au bonnet bleu

exhibition history
no known exhibitions

published references
no known literary references

commentary

Counterproofs after this work exist.

According to the catalogue for the 1987 Sotheby's sale in which Margot Wearing a Blue Gauze Bonnet was offered, the pastel was owned at some point by the Collection Natanson and by Tristan Bernard, both of Paris. Collection Natanson may refer to Adam Natanson (d. 1906) or more likely to one of his three sons: Thadée (1868–1951), Louis Alfred (called Alfred), and Alexandre. All three brothers were involved in the publication of the important late nineteenth-century literary and artistic journal La revue blanche, whose contributors included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Marcel Proust. The Natansons became very close with the Nabi artists Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard. Tristan Bernard (born Paul Bernard, 1866–1947), another friend of the Natansons, also wrote for La revue blanche, eventually gaining renown for his humorous plays. Interned during World War II, Bernard died four years after being released from the Drancy deportation camp.

The Breeskin catalogue raisonné (1970) contained only 943 works. All Breeskin numbers above 943 listed on this site were created by the Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Committee for record-keeping purposes and do not correspond to works in the Breeskin catalogue.

PAI

Margot Wearing a Blue Gauze Bonnet, c. 1900-01, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 19 1/8 x 17 3/4 in. (48.6 x 45 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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