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

French painter (1848-1903). Autograph letter signed. N. p. o. d. 8vo. 2 pp. on bifolium.
$ 62,068 / 55.000 € (49665/BN34076)

To Émile Schuffenecker, thanking him for arranging for Gauguin to travel to Paris by train: "Grand merci de votre lettre et de son envoi. Justement j’ai écrit à Bernard mon désir de partir pour Paris donc votre offre pour m’envoyer le voyage tombe à point et je l’accepte de grand cœur. Du reste à Paris je vais me débrouiller pour vendre quelque chose, vous serez donc remboursé je crois en peu de temps. Le 4 ou le 5 je me mets en chemin de fer. Et si je ne réussis pas pour le Toukin je vais tâcher de travailler en dehors de la peinture car il faut tenir la cape pendant quelque temps.

Ou bien encore je pousserai le ministre des finances pour me donner en France n’importe quoi. Mais il faut que e sois à Paris pour cela. […]". - The French Post-Impressionist artist, painter, art teacher and art collector Émile Schuffenecker (1851-1934) was a close friend of Paul Gauguin and Odilon Redon, and one of the first collectors of works by Vincent van Gogh. Until the early 1890s when Gauguin and Schuffenecker quarrelled, Schuffenecker gave great support to Gauguin, encouraging him to take up a career as a painter. He also had the idea for the 1889 Exhibition at the Volpini Gallery, a key moment in Gauguin's influence on young painters..

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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.