The Artist's Studio, Rue Visconti, Paris (Primary Title)

Jean-Frédéric Bazille, French, 1841 - 1870 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Unframed: 25 1/2 × 19 in. (64.77 × 48.26 cm)
Framed: 34 5/16 × 27 7/8 × 3 15/16 in. (87.15 × 70.8 × 10 cm)

In 1862, Bazille moved from Montpellier to Paris. There, he befriended Monet, Renoir, and Sisley and began taking classes in Charles Gleyre's studio. As early as 1867, the painter envisioned organizing an exhibition for the artists from the school of "New Painting" that would bypass the jurisdiction of the Salon system. Tragically, Bazille never saw this dream realized; he was killed in combat on November 28, 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War.

Bazille was born into a wealthy family, and he often shared his studio space and supplies with less fortunate artist friends. The rue Visconti studio in Paris was the artist's fourth studio, which he occupied from July 1866 until December 1867. Monet and Renoir both joined him there in March 1867. This scene includes three of Bazille’s paintings reproduced in miniature. Monet's Rue de la Bavole, Honfleur (ca. 1864) is the only framed painting among those hanging on the wall. The large, framed painting on the easel—angled away from the viewer— appears to dialogue with Monet's work, recalling the reciprocal admiration and respectful emulation that characterized these young artists' working relationships.
Not signed.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
Schulman, Michel. Frédéric Bazille 1841-1870 The Digital Catalogue Raisonné, (MSb-27)
2019-2020: "Van Gogh Monet Degas, The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy, October 26, 2019 - March 1, 2020

2019-2021: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, April 4, 2020 - January 10, 2021

2018: "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17 - July 15, 2018; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22 - September 22, 2019

2016-2017: "Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism", Musée Fabre, June 25 - October 16, 2016; Musée d"Orsay, November 14, 2016 - March 5, 2017; National gallery of Art, Washington DC, April 9 - July 9, 2017.

L’Impressionisme vu d’Amerique, Musée Fabre, Montpelier, June 2-Sept. 9, 2007; Musee de Grenoble, Oct. 9, 2007-Jan. 20, 2008

Claude Monet and Frederic Bazille: Early Impressionism and Collaboration in the Studio, The High Museum, Atlanta, Feb. 20-May 16, 1999

Frederic Bazille: Prophet of Impressionism, Musée Fabre, Montpelier, France, June 29-Sept. 30, 1992; Brooklyn Museum, Nov. 13, 1992-Jan. 24, 1993; The Dixon Gallery, Feb. 14-April 25, 1993

Frédéric Bazille and Early Impressionism, Art Institute of Chicago, March 4-April 30, 1978

French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March 17-May 1, 1966

Centenaire de Bazille, Musée Fabre, Montpelier, 1941

Frédéric Bazille, Association des Etudiants Protéstants, Paris, 1935

Exposition Retrospective Bazille; Exposition Internationale de Montpellier, Montpelier, France, 1927
Collection of André Bazille, Montpelier, France. (Wildenstein & Co., New York); [1] Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia in February of 1961; Gift to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in May of 1983.

[1] Sold on February 14, 1961. See VMFA Curatorial file.

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