Peines de Coeur (Primary Title)
Heartbreak (Translation)

Charles Sprague Pearce, American, 1851 - 1914 (Artist)

ca. 1884
oil on canvas
Unframed: 61 5/8 × 47 3/8 in. (156.53 × 120.33 cm)
Framed: 77 1/4 × 63 × 6 1/4 in. (196.22 × 160.02 × 15.88 cm)
Boston-born Pearce belonged to the generation of American artists who increasingly settled in France in the postbellum years. In 1884, he relocated from Paris to the rural village of Auvers-sur-Oise. “I want my peasants to be the real article,” he explained, “I want to see the fields and the trees, the hills, streams and country roads as they are.” Peines de Coeur was Pearce’s first painting produced in Auvers. In this narrative of loss and consolation, the artist reveals his considerable talents as a figure and landscape painter, blending realist and impressionist tendencies. When Peines de Coeur was exhibited at the 1885 Paris Salon, critics remarked on the “striking” effect of these combined styles and perspectives, harmonized by an encompassing natural light and luminous color scheme.
signed at lower right: "Charles Sprague Pearce"
J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
Paris, Societe des Artistes Francais, Salon de 1885, 103ieme exposition depuis l'annee 1673, May 1, 1885, no. 1927

Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fifty-Sixth Annual Exhibition, October 29-December 10, 1885, no. 253, winner of the Temple Gold Medal

Boston, Boston Art Club, 33rd Exhibition, Oil Paintings, January 15-February 13, 1886, no. 90, illus.

Boston, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1887

Colombus, Ohio, Ohio Centennial Exposition, September 4-October 19, 1888, no. 94, illus.

New York, Jordan-Volpe Gallery, A Rare Elegance: The Paintings of Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914), 1993, p. 34, 69, 82, no.20 illus.

New York, Beacon Hill Fine Art, American Painters on the French Scene, 1874-1914. April 23 - July 12, 1996, p. 16, no. 46, illus.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Americans in Paris, 1850-1910, September 4 - November 30, 2003, no.86, illus.
O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (No. 85, p. 246-249).

H. Barbara Weinberg and Carrie Rebora Barratt, American Stories. Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, in asso. with Yale University Press, 2009) pp. 146-147, color ill. fig. 140, p. 147.

D. Dodge Thompson, "Charles Sprague Pearce", The Magazine Antiques, 144 (November 1993), pp. 682-89

Mary Lublin, A Rare Elegance: The Paintings of Charles Sprague Pearce (New York: The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, 1993), pp. 34-35, illus.

Gabriel P. Weisburg, Beyond Impressionism: The Naturalist Impulse (New York: H.N. Abrams, 1992), illus. pp.153-57

Lois Marie Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons (Washington, DC, National Museum ofAmerican Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1990), p. 210; pp. 378-79; p. 155, illus.

Mary Alice Heekin Burke, Elizabeth Nourse, 1859-1938: A Salon Career (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1893), pp. 131-32, illus.

Theodore Child, "American Artists at the Paris Exhibition", Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 79 (September 1889), p. 514, APS online, reprinted in Theodore Child, Art and Criticism, Monographs and Studies (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892), p. 126.

Alfred Trumble, Representative Works of Contemporary American Artists (New York: Scribners, c. 1887), reprinted in New York: Garland Series, The Art Experience in Late Nineteenth-Century America, 1978, illus.

"Art Notes, the Art Club Exhibition", Boston Evening Transcript, January 19, 1886, p. 4

Paul Leroi, "The American Salon", The Magazine of Art, 9 (November 1886), pp. 488-89

Le Matin Supplement Illustre de Salon de 1885, n.d.,p. 2, illus.; Henry Havard, Salon de 1885: cent planches en photogravure, par Goupil & cie (Paris: L.Baschet, 1885), p. 78, illus. p.79; Joseph Noulens, Artistes Francais et Etrangers au Salon de 1885 (Paris: E. Dentu, 1885), p. 141

Societe des artistes francais, Catalogue illustre du Salon, 1885: contenant environ 300 reproductions d'apres les desiins origiaux des artistes (Paris: L. Baschet, 1885), p. 53, illus.

Theodore Veron, Dictionnaire Veron, 11e Annuaire de l'art et des artistes contemporains, Salon de 1885 (Poitiers: 1885), p. 361

Theodore Child, "American Artists at the Salon", The Art Amateur: A Monthly Journal Devoted to Art in the Household, 12 (May 1885), p. 123, illus.

"The Salon of 'Eighty-Five'", Boston Evening Transcript, May 2, 1885, p. 11

"Art News and Comments", New York Tribune, May 4, 1885, p. 3

"Some of the Academy Pictures", Philadelphia Call, 1885, Scrapbooks of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Archives of American Art, Roll P 58, no frame number

Eugene Veron, "Salon de 1885", L'Art, 38 (1 juin 1885), illus., p. 216

"The Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy", The Art Interchange, 15 (November 19, 1885) p. 135

W.I.C. "Pennsylvania Academy Exhibition", The Art Amateur: A Monthly Journal Devoted to Art in the Household, 14 (December 1885), p. 4
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