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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1958.292
People
Paul Gauguin, French (Paris 1848 - 1903 Fatu-Iwa [Marquesas Islands])
Title
Still Life with Apples, a Pear, and a Ceramic Portrait Jug
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Still Life, Apples, Pear and Ceramic
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1889
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on paper mounted on panel
Dimensions
28.6 x 36.2 cm (11 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)
frame: 43.5 x 52.4 x 2.9 cm (17 1/8 x 20 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: P. Gauguin 89
Provenance
[Ambrose Vollard], sold; to Gustave Fayet, Igny, France, 1903, sold; to [Paul Rosenberg, Paris], 1928 [2], sold; to [Wildenstein & Company, New York], sold; to Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Sachs, New York, 1929, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1958

Notes
[1] Vollard is noted in "Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain," p. 117, p. 209, note 122
[2] Rosenberg date from "Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain," p. 209, note 122
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Walter E. Sachs
Accession Year
1958
Object Number
1958.292
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The (cradled) panel is mahogany.

Label Text: Ancient to Modern , written 2012
One of the paintings Gauguin owned and cherished for many years was Cézanne’s Still Life with Fruit Dish (Museum of Modern Art, New York). His application of paint in this and the adjacent painting, Still Life with Peaches, echoes Cézanne’s use of parallel strokes of color, as well as his multidimensional perspective. By modulating this technique across the composition, Gauguin heightens distinctions between different areas of the composition and further obscures the spatial organization of the scene.

Publication History

Exhibition of French Painting of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1929), no. 52

A loan exhibition of Paul Gauguin, for the benefit of the New York Infirmary, exh. cat., Wildenstein Galleries (New York, NY, 1946), no. 25, p. 65; repr. p. 40

Paul Gauguin: His Place in the Meeting of East and West, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1954), no. 27

Loan exhibition: Gauguin, for the benefit of the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York City, Inc., exh. cat., Wildenstein & Company (New York, NY, 1956), no. 40, p. 18; repr. p. 54

Gauguin: paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1959)

Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1964), no. 405, repr. p. 155

Merete Bodelsen, Gauguin's Ceramics: A Study in the Development of His Art, Faber & Faber Limited (London, England, 1964), repr. in b/w fig. 112, p. 161; text, p. 160

Marla Prather and Charles F. Stuckey, Gauguin: a Retrospective, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1987), repr. as colorplate 49, p. 161

Michael Hoog, Paul Gauguin: Life and Work, Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1987), repr. in color p. 131, pl. 88

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 108, repr. as no. 393

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 24, p. 79

Isabelle Cahn and Antoine Terrasse, Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, exh. cat., Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (München, Germany, 1998), no. 19, p. 59, repr. in color

Eric M. Zafran, ed., Gauguin's Nirvana: Painters at Le Pouldu 1889-90, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, 2001), p. 150; repr. in color p. 36

Eliza E. Rathbone and George T.M. Shackelford, Impressionist Still Life, exh. cat., The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC, 2001), p. 166, repr. as pl. 75; p. 208

Belinda Thomson, ed., Gauguin: Maker of Myth, exh. cat., Tate (London, 2010), checklist p. 241, pl. 38

Stéphane Guibourgé, Alexandre d'Andoque, and Magali Rougeot, Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain, Editions du Regard (Paris, 2015), pp. 117, 209 note 122

Exhibition History

French Painting of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/06/1929 - 04/06/1929

A Loan Exhibition of Paul Gauguin, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 04/03/1946 - 05/04/1946

Paul Gauguin, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 01/01/1954 - 12/31/1954

Gauguin, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 04/05/1956 - 05/05/1956

Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 02/12/1959 - 03/29/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 04/23/1959 - 05/31/1959

Unidentified Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1959, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 04/21/1959 - 05/31/1959

The Example of Pissarro, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/20/1981 - 07/03/1981

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990

Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/26/1996 - 09/12/1996

Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, 08/27/1998 - 11/15/1998

Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000

Gauguin's Nirvana : painters at Le Pouldu 1889-90, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 01/26/2001 - 04/29/2001

Impressionist Still Life, The Phillips Collection, Washington, 09/22/2001 - 01/13/2002; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/17/2002 - 06/09/2002

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

Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013

32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/12/2016 - 07/14/2017

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