Gift of the Joseph M. May Memorial Association, Inc., 1963
Not on view
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)
Artist: Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands)Date: 1894Medium: 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.Accession: 2000.255On view in:Not on view