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 ("Paul Gauguin"). [Paris. Small 8vo. 6 pp. on bifolia.
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Important letter in French to the painter Émile Bernard (1868-1941) announcing his plan to move to Madagascar so as to found a "workshop of the tropics" where fellow artists could join him: "Irrevocably I will go to Madagascar - I will buy a clay house in the country that I will enlarge myself, grow plants and lead a simple life [...] Then I will found the workshop of the tropics - whoever wishes can come there to meet me." Always short of money, Gauguin hopes to finance his move with the expected revenues from a pending art deal with the collector Charles Charlopin: "Now there is a silver lining on the horizon, dissipating the accumulated mists.

I am on the verge of selling several paintings for 5000f independent of Goupil, very cheap of course. The buyer is all right but he will only get his money in a month. I will not believe it until I have money in my pocket." In preparation for his relocation he obtained information from Odilon Redon's wife Camille who grew up in La Réunion and knew Madagascar: "She told me that you can live there for 30 years with 5000f if you want to. The cost of living is practically nil for those who wish to live like the inhabitants. By hunting alone you can easly get nourishment etc... Therefore I will, once my deal is closed, start what I am talking about and live free and make art." - Commenting on Bernard's dissatisfaction with his job as an industrial designer, Gauguin prompts his friend to join him as soon as possible: "With all my heart I address the man who is suffering, the artist who cannot practice his art here in Europe [...], come and find me - you will find, without money, the safe existence in a better world." Gauguin presents his invitation as an act of charity: "If you are unhappy, I cannot give you any consolation other than this - Half of my coat - That's still the best way to be Christian [...]". - Malingue dates the letter to April 1890, which is in agreement with the references to Émile Bernard's brief career as an industrial designer (late 1889 to July 1890) and Gauguin's announcement to leave for Le Pouldu, Brittany, in the short postscript (Malingue CII, 182f.). The letter at hand is very similar in content to a letter written to Vincent van Gogh from 13 June 1890 (Jansen et al., 884). On 17 June 1890 van Gogh wrote his brother Theo that although he considers Gauguin's plan to be unrealistic in the extreme, he would like to join him in Madagascar (ibid., 889). Later that month Gauguin began considering Tahiti as an alternative destination while still pondering at least until July (Malingue CVII and CIX). After dragging on for months, the deal with Charlopin eventually fell through and Gauguin could only gather enough capital for his voyage through an auction in early 1891. When he finally set sail for Tahiti on 1 April 1891, his friendship with Émile Bernard was shattered and Vincent van Gogh had commited suicide. - Folded. With occasional brownstains, a deep fold tear and a collector's note "Paris, 1890" in pencil and ink..

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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.