Paul Gauguin

French painter, 1848-1903

Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. Nowadays Gauguin paintings are rarely offered for sale, their prices reaching tens of millions of US dollars in the saleroom when they are offered.

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Gauguin, Paul

„Tahitienne assise“ („Sitzende Tahitianerin“). Eigenh. Bleistiftzeichnung.
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This piece was exhibited in Basel and Berlin in 1928, and again in Basel in 1949-1950. Provenance: Collection of Durrio Paco, Paris (until 1928), after which it was held in a private collection in Switzerland. Accompanied by previous exhibition labels and a letter of provenance from the Wildenstein Institute, February 17, 2011, confirming that the present drawing is recorded in the forthcoming catalogue of Gauguin's watercolors and drawings. - Gauguin's 1891 trip to French Polynesia was spurred by a desire to escape European civilization and 'everything that is artificial and conventional.' Figures such as the woman depicted in this drawing dominated his artwork during this period, which presented an exoticized view of Polynesia’s inhabitants and is full of quasi-religious symbolism. His newly adopted primitivist style departed drastically from the European impressionism he left behind and came to define his legacy. A wonderful piece emblematic of this important period.


Gauguin, Paul

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To Camille Pissarro, telling him that he does not expect to see him, as Pissarro has just moved, and that Durand-Ruel (the great art dealer of the Impressionists) has approved of Gauguin's series of canvases. He invites Pissarro to a dinner at which several young admirers of his work will be present: "Mon cher Pissarro, Je ne compte guère vous voir cette fois-ci à Paris vous venez de vous installer. Ma série de toiles a été trouvée bonne par Durand-Ruel mais avec cet homme on ne sait jamais à quoi s'en tenir. Samedi, Bertaux a invité plusieurs jeunes gens à dîner il aurait voulu vous avoir parce que dans la société il y a de vos admirateurs ; je crois que dans ce petit centre il y a pour plus dard quelque chose à faire. Venez donc vous repartirez Lundi. […]" - Mailing creases, but in fine condition.