Daphnis and Chloe

Pierre Cabanel (French, 1838-1918)

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Private German collector, possibly B.A. König;{1} sale, (Sotheby's, London) in 1981;{2} purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1981.

{1}The name "B.A. Konig" is written on the verso of the frame in white chalk. Correspondence with Sotheby's London in September 2009 could neither confirm or deny this, due to client confidentiality policies, though Sotheby's noted that the consignor was "a private client in Germany."
{2} The painting was included in Sotheby's, London, "Nineteenth-century European Paintings," 6 May 1981, as lot 118 (ill.). According to the correspondence with Sotheby's London cited above, the painting did not sell, but was sold privately to the IMA shortly after the sale.
As regards the early history of this painting, it is possible that it was included in the 1870 Paris Salon as no. 439: Pierre Cabanel, Daphnis et Chloé. The painting was also reproduced, without a credit line, in Julian Hawthorne, ed., The Masterpieces and the History of Literature: Analysis, Criticism, Character and Incident, Chicago, New York, vol. 7, 1903, after p. 73 as Pierre Cabanel, Daphnis and Chloe.

Object Information

Pierre Cabanel (French, 1838-1918)
creation date
oil on canvas
52 x 31 in.
mark descriptions
L. R.
Pierre Cabanel
accession number
credit line
James V. Sweetser Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
deaccessioned on
transfer notes
Sold on 4/23/2010 in the 19th Century European Art sale (Lot 0093)
Not mission-relevant
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