Artist Étienne Aubry
French, 1745-1781
Title
  • The Shepherdess of the Alps
  • Scene from Marmontel's Contes moraux (Alternate Title)
Date 1775
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 20 × 24 1/2 inches (50.8 × 62.2 cm)
Framed: 29 1/8 × 33 × 3 1/4 inches (74 × 83.8 × 8.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb
Accession Number 48.12
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, lower left on barrel: Aubry 1775
Le Chevalier Lambert (Paris, France);
March 27, 1787, sold by (J.B. Le Brun, Paris, France) lot 206;
Sir John Foley Grey, Baronet (Malvern, England) [as The Lodge];
June 15, 1928, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction Sir John Foley Grey lot 127 [as A Visit of the Rich Relatives];
1928-ca. 1934, purchased by (Horace Ayers Buttery, London, England) [for 1050 guineas];
1947, (A.F. Mondschein Galleries, London, England);
1948-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Salon du Louvre. Paris, 1775, no. 177; reprint 1977, p. 28.

Diderot, D. "Salon de 1775." Oeuvres complètes. ed. J. Assézat. Paris, 1876, vol. 12, pp. 24-25.

Hautecoeur, L. "Le Sentimentalisme dans la peinture française de Greuze à David." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1909): pp. 159-176, p. 166, ill. reversed p. 167.

Ingersoll-Smouse, F. "Quelques tableaux de genre inédits par Étienne Aubry 1745-1781." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1925): p. 79.

"Notable Works of Art now on the Market." suppl. to Burlington Magazine (December 1934): pl. VI.

Grigaut, P. "Marmontel's Shepherdess of the Alps in 18th Century Art." Art Quarterly 12, no. 1 (1949): 30-47 (ill.).

Richardson, E.P. Catalogue of the Whitcomb Gifts, Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1954, pp. 66-67 (ill.).

George Washington's World. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, 1954, checklist no. 152.

"French Master Works." Freedom Festival. Exh. cat., Cobo Hall. Detroit, 1964, (checklist?).

Brookner, A. Greuze, The rise and fall of an eighteenth-century phenomenon. London, 1972, p. 26, pl. 100.

Bukdahl, E. Théorie et pratique dans les "Salons" de Diderot. trans. J.-P. Faucher. Copenhagen, 1980, p. 212 (fig. 109).