Giorgio de Chirico. Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure). Paris, early 1914
Giorgio de Chirico

Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure)

Paris, early 1914
On view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
55 1/8" x 6' 5/8" (140 x 184.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of James Thrall Soby
Object number
1077.1969
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Acquired from the artist by Paul Guillaume, (1891-1934), Paris [1]; Paul Eluard (1895-1952), Paris, by 1926 [2]; [sold back to Paul Guillaume, Paris]; Estate of Paul Guillaume, 1934 [3]; sold to Pierre Loeb (1897-1964), Paris, 1934 [4]; purchased by Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, August 1935 [5]; purchased by James Thrall Soby (1906-1979), New Canaan, Connecticut, December 1940 [6]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1969 (Gift of James Thrall Soby).
[1] Per Paolo Baldacci, De Chirico: The Metaphysical Period 1888-1919, Boston et al.: Little, Brown and Company 1997, p. 206. Not in Maurizio Faggiolo dell'Arco, L'opera completa di de Chirico, Milano: Rizzoli, 1984, no. 46.
[2] Per Baldacci 1997, p. 206. Not in Faggiolo dell'Arco 1984, no. 46.
See letter Paul Eluard to Camille Goemans, August 23, 1926, Archives et Musée de la Littérature, Brussels.
[3] Per Baldacci 1997, p. 206. Not in Faggiolo dell'Arco 1984, no. 46.
[4] Per Baldacci 1997, p. 206 and Faggiolo dell'Arco 1984, no. 46. Included in the exhibition Thèse, antithèse, synthèse, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Feb 24-March 31, 1935, no. 17. Lender: Pierre Loeb, Paris.
[5] Per Baldacci 1997, p. 206 and Faggiolo dell'Arco 1984, no. 46. See receipt Pierre Matisse to Pierre Loeb, Paris, Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives, box 94, file 42 (Galerie Pierre, 1935). Reproduced in Christian Zervos, Histoire de l'art contemporain, Paris: Cahiers d'art, 1938, p. 387: La Gare Montparnasse, 1914, Coll. Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. Included in the exhibitions Large Paintings, Eight Moderns, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, Jan 14-Feb 8, 1936, no. 1 (Chirico, The Melancholy of Departure, 1914, first showing in America); and Exhibition of Early Paintings: Giorgio de Chirico, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Oct 22-Nov 23, 1940, no. 8 (Melancholy of Departure, 1914).
[6] Per Baldacci 1997, p. 206 and Faggiolo dell'Arco 1984, no. 46. Year of purchase published in The James Thrall Soby Collection of Works of Art Pledged or Given to the Museum of Modern Art, exh. cat. New York: M. Knoedler and Company, 1961, p. 33.

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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