So it was a straight copy from an original Chavannes composition!
|At the Fountan c1869 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes|
At the Fountain
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French, 1824–1898
181.6 x 120.0 cm (71 1/2 x 47 1/4 in.)
Oil on canvas
Inscriptions: Lower left: P. Puvis de Chavannes
Type, sub-type: Mythological; Nude
Object is currently not on view
Puvis de Chavannes was widely known for his large-scale murals on classical themes, which decorated public buildings throughout France. He frequently produced smaller-scale "reductions" such as "At the Fountain," which is based on a mural at the museum in Amiens. As a result of his international fame, Puvis was commissioned in 1891 to decorate the main stairwell of the recently completed Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Robert Dawson Evans Collection, 1917
Accession number: 17.3228
Provenance/Ownership History: Please note: the history of ownership is not definitive or comprehensive, as it is under constant review and revision by MFA curators and researchers.
By 1894, Durand-Ruel, New York; 1895, sold by Durand-Ruel to Mrs. Samuel Dennis Warren (Susan Cornelia Clarke Warren) (b.1825 - d.1901), Boston [see note 1]; January 8, 1903, Warren sale, American Art Galleries, New York, no. 121, to Robert Dawson Evans (b.1843 - d.1909), Boston; 1909, by inheritance to Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans (Maria Antoinette Hunt) (b.1845 - d.1917), Boston; 1917, bequest of Mrs. Evans to the MFA. (Accession date: November 1, 1917)
 Lent by Mrs. Warren in 1895 to the MFA for an exhibition featuring the work of Puvis de Chavannes, no. 5.