The Olive Oil Seller

The Olive Oil Seller
Adolphe-Joseph-Thomas Monticelli (French, 1824-1886)
c. 1880
Oil on panel 
20 x 15-3/4 in. (50.8 x 40 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Monticelli worked primarily in his native Marseille, painting romantic fantasies, landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. The texture of his painted surfaces, with their thick impasto, his rich coloring, and the heavy dabs of white that defined his stylistic technique paved the way for later artists such as van Gogh and Soutine.


Delas (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 19 June 1901, lot 13, as La marchande de tou-cao, passed).
Claude Roger-Marx (sale, Paris, Galerie Manzi Joyant, 11-12 May 1914, lot 63, as La Marchande d’huile, to);
[Galerie Druet, Paris].
François Honnorat (1853-1921), by descent to;
Heirs of F. Honnorat (sale, Marseille, Hôtel des Ventes, 28-29 December 1928, lot 15, ill., passed; sale, Marseille, Hôtel des Ventes, 29 December 1936, lot 15, ill., as L’Italienne ou la Marchande d’olives).
(sale, Nice, Galerie Robiony, 9 June 1965, lot 107, ill., as L’Italianne ou La marchande d’olives).
(sale, London, Christie’s, 12 December 1969, lot 17, ill., sold 2,800 gns. to);
[E. V. Thaw & Co., Inc., New York; by 1978, sold, as La Marchande d’huile, 2 July 1980 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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