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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1996.218
People
Paul Gauguin, French (Paris 1848 - 1903 Fatu-Iwa [Marquesas Islands])
Title
Self-Portrait
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Man in a Toque / L'Homme à la toque
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1875 - c.1877
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
46.7 x 38.4 cm (18 3/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
framed: 62.9 x 55.2 cm (24 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: back of frame: said to be Self-Portrait by Gauguin / Formerly in the Carel F. de Wild Coll. / Formerly owned by M. Knoedler & Co 1915 / Formerly owned by Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
  • label: red-bordered label: [printed:] 12249
  • label: transferred to backing board from back of frame: No 18228 / Gauguin / Portrait d'hom[ ]
  • label: transferred to backing board from back of frame: Scott & Fowles [ ] 11
  • label: transferred to backing board from back of frame, red-bordered label: Chelsea / No 21
Provenance
Mme Devos, sold July 9, 1910; to [Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, no. 18230], sold; to [Knoedler, New York], sold December 5, 1916; to Carel F.L. de Wild, Larchmont, NY (1), his sale [Anderson Galleries, New York, January 18-19, 1924, lot 309]. [Scott & Fowles, New York], sold (2); to Duncan Stewart Ellsworth, Salisbury, Connecticut, bequeathed; to his wife Helen W. Ellsworth, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1996.

(1) Wildenstein incorrectly lists his middle initials as P.L. rather than F.L.
(2) Wildenstein incorrectly lists "private collection, United States," after Scott & Fowles and before Duncan Ellsworth. Mrs. Ellsworth states that her husband purchased the painting from Scott & Fowles (letter of Dec. 9, 1996, in file).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Helen W. Ellsworth in memory of Duncan S. Ellsworth '22, nephew of Archibald A. Hutchinson, benefactor of the Hutchinson Wing
Accession Year
1996
Object Number
1996.218
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Gustave Kahn, "Paul Gauguin", L'Art et les Artistes (November 1925), repr. p. 50

Henri Dorra, "A Suburban Landscape by Gauguin", Smith College Museum of Art Bulletin (1953), pp. 33-34, repr. pp.2-4

Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1964), no. 25, repr.

K. Mittelstadt, Gauguin, Self-Portraits (Oxford, England, 1968), no. 2, repr.

Daniel Wildenstein and Raymond Cogniat, Gauguin (Milan, Italy, 1971), p. 11, repr.

Wayne V. Anderson, Gauguin's Paradise Lost, Viking Press (New York, NY, 1971), pp. 6-7, 267, repr.

Lee van Dovski, Die Wahrheit über Gauguin, J.G. Bläschke (Darmstadt, Germany, 1973), no. 81

Daniel Wildenstein, Gauguin: Premier itinéraire d'un sauvage, catalogue de l'oeuvre peint (1873-1888), Skira/Seuil (Milan, Italy, and Paris, France, 2001), vol. 1, p. 27, no. 23, repr.

Douglas Druick and Peter Kort Zegers, Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 2001), p. 29, repr. as fig. 34

Daniel Wildenstein, Gauguin: A Savage in the Making. Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings (1873-1888), Skira (Paris, Milan, New York, 2002), vol. 1, p. 27, cat. no. 23, repr.

Belinda Thomson, ed., Gauguin: Maker of Myth, exh. cat., Tate (London, 2010), checklist p. 240, pl. 2

Sandrine Andrews, Dada: Gauguin, Éditions Arola (Paris, 2015), p. 6, repr.

Exhibition History

Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Tate Modern, London, 09/30/2010 - 01/16/2011; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 02/21/2011 - 06/05/2011

Subjects and Contexts

Google Art Project

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