• Title: Self-Portrait
  • Creator: Paul Gauguin
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Physical Dimensions: overall: 79.2 x 51.3 cm (31 3/16 x 20 3/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Consigned by the artist to Mme Marie Henry [1859-1945], Le Pouldu, in lieu of rent; sold 1919 through François Norgelet to (Galerie Barbazanges, Paris); (Hodebert, Paris).[1] Possibly Mrs. R.A. Workman, London.[2] Lord Ivor Charles Spencer Churchill [1898-1956], London; sold 1923 to (Alex Reid and Lefèvre, Ltd., Glasgow and London); sold 1925 to (Kraushaar Galleries, New York);[3] sold 6 September 1928 to Chester Dale [1883-1962], New York;[4] gift 1963 to NGA. [1] Receipt signed by Marie Henry for 35,000 francs for 14 paintings sold to Norgelet, dated 3 June 1919, archives of the Barbazanges-Hodebert Gallery, copies, Documentation, Musée d'Orsay. See Dominique Lobstein, "Die Ausstellung Paul Gauguin in der Galerie Barbazanges im Jahre 1919," in _Paul Gauguin: Vom der Bretagne nach Tahiti. Ein Aufbruch zur Moderne_, Exh. cat., Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, 2000. The painting is reproduced in Louise Gebhard Cann, "Gauguin's Image of Himself," _International Studio_ 82 (May 1925): 120, with Hodebert in the caption, although the picture would have left Hodebert by 1923, when it was sold to Reid & Lefèvre. Hodebert was the successor to the Galerie Barbazanges, which was located on the property of fashion designer Paul Poiret. Poiret went bankrupt in the early 1920s and it is probably at that time that the gallery changed ownership/name. [2] Mrs. Workman's name appears in the Chester Dale papers, NGA curatorial files, sent February 1942, and the portrait is recorded as having belonged to her in the Wildenstein exhibition catalogue, _Great Portraits from Impressionism to Modernism_, March 1938, although her ownership is not otherwise documented. See letter dated 13 October 1965 from G. Corcoran of Alex Reid & Lefèvre, NGA curatorial files. [3] See letter dated 13 October 1965 from G. Corcoran of Alex Reid & Lefevre, NGA curatorial files. [4] Date of purchase from Kraushaar in Chester Dale papers in NGA curatorial files. See also Dale's letter to Kraushaar dated 6 September 1928 (Kraushaar Gallery Records, Archives of American Art, Box 12, folder 42).
  • Medium: oil on wood

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