Mater Triumphalis, Annie Swynnerton, 1892



Images: (S. Swayne, A. Mourzenko).

A postcard published by the Musée du Luxembourge (c. 1915?) shows the painting without the dark markings now present on the hip and legs. A slightly later postcard by the same musée (c. 1920?) shows feint hints of these marls developing.


Image: the earlier (1915?) of the two postcards, private collection.

The first recorded owner was Sir Edmund Davis, an Australian-born British mining financier, who made his fortune in South Africa. Both he and his wife were passionate art collectors and gave pieces to the Musée du Luxembourg (later relocated to the Musée d’Orsay) and the National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town. References: National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Musée d’Orsay.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 680 x 1670 mm (1.1 m²).
  • History: signed and dated 1892; exhibited New Gallery, 1892, “Nude figure in upright posture, with arms thrown over head. Yellowish flesh tints forced by ultramarine background”; 1893, Chicago World’s Fair and Exposition; 1900, Woman’s Exhibition, Earl’s Court, catalogue. Room 2, no. 1444; 1905, Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts, Paris; ?-1915, collection of Edmund Davis; 1915-1922, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris; 1922-1946, Louvre; 1923 exhibited Manchester Art Gallery; 1946-1971, Museum of Modern Art, Paris; 1971-1981, Louvre (formally transferred back to the Louvre collection 1977); 1981 onwards, transferred to Musée d’Orsay.
  • Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris.


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