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Marie-Thérèse Erlotte Collection;
Sale, Sotheby's, New York, 13 February 1985, lot 104;
Richard Green, London;
Private collection, England;
Sale, Christie's, London, 17 March 1995, lot 85;
Sale, Christie's New York, 28 October 2015, lot 29;
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Baring Maclennan, Selina, and Brindley, Roy, Gaston La Touche: A Painter of Belle Époque Dreams. Woodbridge, 2009, p. 199.
In this delightful work, La Touche finds a later echo in the closing scenes in the film of Colette's novella, Gigi where Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron promenade in the Bois de Boulogne. In the shade, other figures relax and enjoy the afternoon sun. This is the Belle Epoque at its height. However, in a social statement he includes two workers toiling by the roadside; showing he was aware of the divide between the rich and the poor.
We are grateful to Selina Baring-Maclellan and Roy Brindley for their assistance with this catalog entry.