Bequest of Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967
Not on view
Gauguin made five trips to Brittany between 1886 and 1894. He liked the region's "savage, primitive" quality. His perception is embodied in the carving of this walking stick, with its snake-entwined shaft and handle in the form of a female nude supporting a Breton wooden shoe. The sole of the shoe slides open to reveal a hidden compartment.
Inscription: Label in red pencil inside receptacle: 118
In red paint below receptacle opening: L.52.24.44
Ernest Ponthier de Chamaillard (probably a gift from the artist) ; Adelaide Milton de Groot (by 1959–67; bequeathed 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