Emil Gauguin (1874–1955), the artist's son

Artist:
Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands)
Date:
ca. 1877–78
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 16 15/16 × 9 1/8 × 7 7/8 in., 42 lb. (43 × 23.2 × 20 cm, 19.1 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of the Joseph M. May Memorial Association, Inc., 1963
Accession Number:
63.113
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 825
In 1877, while still a stockbroker, Paul Gauguin and his family moved to an apartment in a house in Paris owned by Paul Bouillot, a skilled marble cutter, or praticien. Under Bouillot's guidance, Gauguin modeled a portrait of his wife, Mette. Although there is some disagreement as to whether the marble version of Mette's portrait was executed by Bouillot or Gauguin, there is no doubt that this portrait of Gauguin's son was cut by Gauguin's own hand.
Mette Gauguin , Copenhagen ; Emile Gauguin , Copenhagen (from 1879, until 1922) ; Chester H. Johnson (until 1934; sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, November 14, 1934, no. 81; sold for $270); Mrs. Joseph M. May (1946–59) ; Joseph M. May Memorial Association, Inc. (until 1963; to MMA)