Entrance to the Jardin Turc

Object Details

Title:

Entrance to the Jardin Turc

Artist/Maker:

Louis-Léopold Boilly (French, 1761 - 1845)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place created)

Date:

1812

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

73.3 x 91.4 cm (28 7/8 x 36 in.)

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Crisply painted and teeming with detail, Boilly's picture transports us to Napoleonic Paris, where we stand on a shady boulevard outside the Jardin Turc (Turkish Garden Café), a popular establishment that offered its middle-class clientele pleasures formerly reserved for the aristocracy. Young and old, fashionable and not, Parisians gather here for an afternoon's leisure. Two young street performers entertain the crowd: one shows an elegant couple his tame marmot, while the other puts on a puppet show for children hardly younger than himself.

A resident of the Marais neighborhood, in which the scene takes place, Boilly included a self-portrait, in spectacles and a top hat, at the painting's rightmost edge.

Provenance
1812 - 1829

Louis-Léopold Boilly, French, 1761 - 1845 [sold, Bonnefons de Lavialle, Paris, April 13-14, 1829, lot 2, to Chérie [Lhérie?], 781 francs.]

1829 -

Chérie [Lhérie?]

-

Mme A. de Vaux

- 1894

Unknown [sold, Duchesne/Haro, Paris, March 15, 1894, lot 11, to Georges Lutz, 15,500 francs.]

1894 - 1902

Georges Lutz, 1835 - 1901 [sold, Georges Lütz Collection Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 26-26, 1902, lot 3, to Seligmann, 36,310 francs.]

1902 -

possibly Jacques Seligmann, 1858 - 1923

by 1931 - 1933

Comte A. de Gontaut-Biron

-

and Comtesse A. de Gontaut-Biron (Paris, France)

by 1939 -

Unknown (Geneva, Switzerland)

by 1991 - 1991

The Matthiesen Gallery [sold to James Fairfax.]

1991 - 2010

James Fairfax, born 1933 [sold, Christie's, New York, January 27, 2010, lot 37, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Salon (1812) (Cat. 108)
  • Salon, Palais du Louvre (Paris), 1812
Salon (1814) (Cat. 112)
  • Salon, Palais du Louvre (Paris), 1814
Salon du nord de la France (1820) (Cat. 6)
  • Unknown, 1820
Exposition au profit de la caisse ouverte pour l'extinction de la mendicité (1829) (Cat. 38)
  • Galerie Lebrun (Paris), 1829
Exposition des tableaux des maîtres anciens au profit des inondés du midi (1887) (Cat. 6)
  • École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris), 1887
Exposition retrospective de la ville de Paris (1900) (Cat. 9bis)
  • Exposition universelle de 1900 (Paris), 1900
Eighty Years of French Painting: from Louis XIV to the Second Republic (1991) (Cat. 11)
  • The Matthiesen Gallery (London), 1991
The James Fairfax Collection of Old Masters (1992)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), 1992
The Art of Louis-Léopold Boilly (November 5, 1995 to April 28, 1996)
  • Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth), November 5, 1995 to January 14, 1996
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), February 4 to April 28, 1996
The James Fairfax Collection of Old Master Paintings, Drawings, and Prints (April 17 to July 20, 2003) (Cat. 6)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), April 17 to July 20, 2003
Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) (November 4, 2011 to February 6, 2012) (Cat. 136)
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts (Lille), November 4, 2011 to February 6, 2012
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