Eugène Carrière 1849-1906
N04261 Les Dévideuses (Winding Wool) 1887
Inscribed 'Eugène Carrière' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 28 7/8 (60 x 73)
Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927
Prov: Buxtorf-Koechlin; with Bernheim-Jeune, Paris; John G. Ure, Glasgow; Ure sale, Christie's, London, 29 April 1911, lot 10; bt. in at £714; with or through Goupil, London; Mrs R.M. Dunlop
Exh: Salon des Artistes Français, Paris, May-June 1887 (456); La Libre Esthétique, Brussels, March-April 1907 (Carrière 2); L'Oeuvre d'Eugène Carrière, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, May-June 1907 (31), lent by Bernheim-Jeune; 48th Exhibition of Works by Modern Artists, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, February-May 1909 (113, repr.), lent by J.G. Ure; Spring Exhibition, Goupil Gallery, London, March-April 1926 (67); Eugène Carrière 1849-1906: Seer of the Real, Allentown Art Museum, November 1968-January 1969 (11, repr.); High Museum, Atlanta, February-March 1969 (11, repr.); Akron Art Institute, May-August 1969 (11, repr.); California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, November 1969-January 1970 (11, repr.); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, February-April 1970 (11, repr.)
Lit: Charles Morice, Eugène Carrière (Paris 1906), p.246; P. Desjardins, 'Eugène Carrière' in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, July 1907, p.26, repr. p.25; Gabriel Séailles, Eugène Carrière (Paris 1911), No.24, p.263
Mme Elise Delvolvé-Carrière in a letter of 1 May 1951 has identified the sitters as the artist's wife and herself, his eldest daughter, born in 1878. Carrière was awarded a second class medal at the Salon of 1887 for this picture and his other exhibit, a portrait.
Another, much smaller picture of the same theme, said to have been painted in 1886, was in the sale of works from Carrière's studio at the Galerie Manzi et Joyant, Paris, on 2-3 February 1920, lot 79 repr. It measures 18 x 35cm and shows the mother with two children.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.96-7, reproduced p.96