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The Artist's Portfolio, Pont Aven

Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands )

Date:
1894
Medium:
Two inside covers decorated in watercolor and gouache over charcoal with graphite on heavy gray wove (blotting) paper sewn to leather; leather binding inscribed in pen and ink with additions in watercolor; multicolored silk ribbons stitched into binding.
Dimensions:
each drawing: 16-3/4 x 10-3/8 in. (42.5 x 26.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer and Florence B. Selden Bequests, and 1999 Benefit Fund, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.255
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed: Seguin / Roderic O'Conor / PGO
    Left inner cover is signed at lower left in brush and wash: PGO 94.

    Inscription: The front leather cover is inscribed in pen and ink, as follows: Sur / CHAMP D'ART / E.F.R. [Eric Forbes-Robertson] / le 25 juin 1894, Nous artistes peintres orgueilleu/sement de haute race dans le grand livre mystérieux / de la nature né Paul Gauguin dit PGO né / Eric Forbs Robertson dit le Celte né Roderic / O'Conor, né Seguin le Jovial avons décidé / Dé ce jour ce livre en / terrain neutre de sympatie (sic) et d'art littéraire / pictural et musical, recueillera les pensées dessins / et signatures de tous ceux qui de bonne foi / s'associeront à notre oeuvre pour se retrouver / un jour à la divine source de toute harmonie / de conforme volonté avons déposé / ce livre entre les mains de Marie Jeanne / femme Gloanec, afin qu'il / soit préservé de tout outrage / En foi de quoi avons signé / PGO / Eric Forbes-Robertson/ Roderic O'Conor / Armand Seguin

    On the FIELD OF ART, June 25, 1894 We painters proudly of noble race in the great mysterious book of nature, born Paul Gauguin, known as PGO; born Eric Forbes-Robertson, known as the Celt; born Roderic O'Conor; born Seguin, the Jovial, have decided [that] from this day forward this book [held] in territory neutral to the literary, pictorial, and musical arts, will collect the thoughts, drawings, and signatures of all those who in good faith associate themselves with our work in order to find themselves once again at the divine source of all harmony; accordingly we have (PGO) deposited this book, so that it may be preserved from any insult, in the hands of Marie (Jeanne) Madame Gloanec. In good faith, we have signed: PGO [Paul Gauguin], Eric Forbes-Robertson / Roderic O'Conor / Armand Seguin

    Marking: Each drawing on right inner cover is stamped at lower left and lower right with the mark of the collector Maurice Gobin (Lugt 1124b).

  • Provenance

    Daniel de Monfried (1856–1929); Ricardo Vines (Spanish, 1875–1943)According to oral tradition, this drawing was acquired by Ricardo Vines; Maurice Gobin ; Piasa, Paris, March 31, 2000, lot 158; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel , Munich Donor: Leon D. and Debra R. Black, New York

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections," June 18, 2002–October 20, 2002.

    Tate Modern. "Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth," September 30, 2010–January 16, 2011.

    National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.. "Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth," February 21, 2011–May 30, 2011.

  • References

    Maurice Gobin L'Art Expressif aux Siècle Français: 120 Dessins, Aquarelles, Gouaches et Pastels Commentés et Illustrés. Ex. cat. Paris, 1960, cat. no. XVI, ill.

    Piasa, Paris Dessins Anciens XIX. Sale cat. 2000, cat. no. 158, pp. 78-81, ill.

    Carmen C. Bambach, Elizabeth Barker, Colta Ives, Michiel C. Plomp, Perrin Stein, Gary Tinterow "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000-2001." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 59, no. 2, Autumn 2001, pp. 44-5, ill.

    Charles F. Stuckey "Gauguin, New York." Burlington Magazine. vol. 144, no. 1194, September, 2002, 582.

    Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale, Marjorie Shelley The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, New York, 2002, cat. no. 26, pp. 42-43,173, 207, 208, 217, 220, ill.

    Gauguin: Maker of Myth. Ex cat.: Tate Modern, London, 30 Sept. 2010-16 Jan. 2011 and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 27 Feb.-5 Jun. 2011. Belinda Thomson, Tamar Garb, Tate Publishing, London, 2010, cat. no. 124, pp. 190, 242, ill.



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