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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Paul Gauguin
LETTRE À UN COLLECTIONEUR INCONNU
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 485,000 USD
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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Paul Gauguin
LETTRE À UN COLLECTIONEUR INCONNU
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 485,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Paul Gauguin
1848 - 1903
LETTRE À UN COLLECTIONEUR INCONNU
Signed Paul Gauguin (lower center)
Pen and ink heightened with red crayon on paper
10 5/8 by 8 1/8 in.
27 by 20.6 cm
Executed circa 1896.
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This work will be included in the new edition of the Gauguin catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute.

Provenance

Dr. Nolet, Nantes (acquired from the artist in Tahiti)
Daniel Wildenstein, Paris & New York (acquired from the above)
A wedding gift from the above in 1953

Exhibited

New York, Wildenstein & Co., Gauguin, 1956, no. 68
Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Visionaries and Dreamers: an Exhibition Illustrating the Influence of the French Symbolist Artists on Succeeding Generations, Centered Around a Group of Pictures in the W.A. Clark Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1956, no. 82, illustrated in the catalogue
Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago & New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture, 1959, no. 113
New York, New York University, Grey Art Gallery, Show & Tell: Artists' Illustrated Letters, 1988
Martigny, Switzerland, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Gauguin, 1998, no. 114, illustrated in color in the catalogue
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gauguin in New York Collections: The Lure of the Exotic, 2002, no. 91, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

John Rewald, Gauguin Drawings, New York, 1958, illustrated pl. 98
Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, Paris, 1964, cited p. 210
Ronald Pickvance, The Drawings of Gauguin, New York, 1970, illustrated pl. 83
The Annenberg Collection (exhibition catalogue), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia & The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1990, illustrated p. 186

Catalogue Note

The present letter translates as follows:

To the unknown collector of my works Greetings -

May he excuse the barbarism of this little picture; certain dispositions of my spirit are probably the cause. 

I recommend a modest frame and if possible a sheet of glass which, while [the picture] ages, will preserve its freshness, and prevent the alterations always produced by the stuffy atmosphere of an apartment.

Paul Gauguin

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