Auguste Renoir 
Conversation, 1874
Oil on canvas
44.5 x 36.5 cm
Cat. No. 16859
Status: The object is looted. Its current location is unknown.

  • Baron Ferenc Hatvany (rightful owner).
  • Vollard, art dealer, Paris, from whom purchased.
  • Deposited at the Hungarian General Credit Bank, Chest No. III, under the name János Horváth, 1942. (1)
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 work was formerly in the collection of Baron Ferenc Hatvany, Budapest, which has been lost or transported abroad without permission.
The pair of the picture is now in the Nationalmuseet, Stockholm. The models were Frédéric Cordey and Marguerite Legrand.
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Reference Material
(1) A köztulajdonba vett mûkincsek elsõ kiállítása (First Exhibition of Art Works Taken into Public Ownership). Catalogue by Kálmán Pogány. Hall of Exhibitions (Mûcsarnok), Budapest.*

Complete manuscript inventory of the Baron Ferenc Hatvany collection. Compiled by Kálmán Pogány, 1937. I / a. No. 29

Genthon, I. “Báró Hatvany Ferenc modern képgyûjteménye” (Baron Ferenc Hatvany’s Collection of Modern Pictures). In: Magyar Mûvészet, XI, 1935. 19

Fezzi, E. L’opera completa di Renoir nel periodo impressionista. Milan, 1972, 335

Selected literature, 1991: Gerle, No. 44
The Countess Éva Almásy-Teleki Institute of Art, Budapest, 1940. No. 178

*Hall of Exhibitions (Mûcsarnok), Budapest 1919. Room V. No. 29
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.

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