Portrait de femme
signed, dated and inscribed 'A mon cher ami Leonce Rosenberg Juan Gris 6-1917' (lower right)
charcoal on paper
18 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (47.2 x 31 cm.)
Drawn in June 1917
Artist or Maker
Juan Gris (1887-1927)
Paris, Galerie Jean-Claude Bellier, Autour du Cubisme, May - June 1967, no. 31 (illustrated in the catalogue; titled 'Portrait de Josette Gris').
Naples, Palazzo Reale di Caserta, La collezione Ponti-Loren, December 1984 (illustrated in the catalogue p. 20).
Léonce Rosenberg [Galerie de l'Effort Moderne], Paris.
Mme Denise Chalom, Paris, by whom acquired from the above.
Galerie Jean-Claude Bellier, Paris.
Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren, by whom acquired from the above.
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The sitter for this drawing is probably the artist's wife Charlotte Augusta Fernande Herpin, known as Josette. The dedication is to Léonce Rosenberg, Gris's dealer from April 1916 to 1920. Rosenberg was the owner of the Gallery L'Effort Moderne and from 1914 the dealer of all the leading Cubist artists including Picasso and Braque.
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