Portrait of Jules Bordet
Gustave Courbet  (1819 - 1877)
Portrait of Jules Bordet
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm
Cat. No. 16849
Dedicated to Mr. Bordet; sign.; dated
Status: The object is looted. It is currently at the location listed below.

  • Private collection, United States. (1)
  • Coolidge collection, United States.
  • Knoedler and Co., art dealer, New York.
  • Smuggled out of Hungary, after 1947.
  • Repurchased by the Hatvany family.
  • Soviet war booty.
  • Bernheim Jeune collection, Paris.
  • Jules Bordet collection, Dijon.
  • Baron Ferenc Hatvany (rightful owner), by whom purchased from Bernheim, c.1910.
  • Deposited at the Hungarian General Credit Bank, Chest No. III, under the name of János Horváth, 1942.
Additional Information
“Baron Ferenc Hatvany (who was of Jewish extraction) was the most famous Hungarian art collector of his time. His collection was one of the finest in Budapest, although not the largest, comprising as it did only some 750-800 works of art. The collection belonging to Baron Herzog was appreciably larger, with 2000-2500 pieces.
Ferenc Hatvany (1881-1958) died abroad. He studied as a painter under the Hungarian artists Ármin Glatter and Sándor Bihari at the artists' colony at Szolnok, and later under Jean-Paul Lurens in Paris, at the Julian Academy. The artists he most admired were Ingres and Chasseriau. As an art collector active between about 1905 and 1942, he purchased mainly masterpieces by 19th-century French painters. The great collection has become dispersed. Some works were taken from banks by the Red Army, and others from the Hatvany house by the SS officers Wilcke, Glasen and Keppler. Baron Hatvany was a generous patron of public collections in Hungary. His home - a villa which formerly belonged to Menyhért Lónyay (a prime minister of Hungary in the period of dualism) - was an elegant building designed by the fine architect Miklós Ybl.” See Sacco di Budapest, p. 223

This object was formerly in the collection of Baron Ferenc Hatvany, Budapest, which has been lost or transported abroad without permission.
If you can provide any information about this object, please contact the address below.
Jules Bordet, who lived in Dijon, was an art dealer and a friend of the painter. He purchased some paintings from Courbet (for example “The Woman with a parrot”, which had been painted in 1870).
Reference Material
(1) Complete manuscript inventory of the Baron Ferenc Hatvany collection. Compiled by Kálmán Pogány, 1937. I/a. No. 20

Courthion, 1985. 748

Fernier, R. Courbet. I-II. Complete edition. Geneva, 1978. Cat. 759

Selected literature, 1991: Gerle, No. 44
Bern, 1962

Philadelphia - Boston, 1959-1960

Ernst Museum, 1919. Room V. No. 32

Bernheim Jeune, Paris, 1909

Exhibited on many other occasions
Source of Information
Mravik, László, The “Sacco di Budapest” and the Depredation of Hungary, 1938-1949 (Works of art missing from Hungary as a result of the Second World War), Hungarian National Gallery publications, Budapest 1998.

Commission for Art Recovery
2 Park Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Attn: Charles A. Goldstein, Counsel

Commission for Art Recovery, Hungary:
Attn: Agnes Peresztegi, Director
Private collection

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