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Bathers

Paul Gauguin

Bathers

Paul Gauguin
  • Original Title: Les Baigneurs
  • Date: 1902; French Polynesia  
  • Style: Cloisonnism
  • Period: 2nd Tahiti period
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 92 x 73 cm
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The setting of this painting resembles Gauguin's 1897 work Landscape with two goats, but it is much brighter in colour and adds multiple people to the scene. The pose of the main male figure is likely modeled after a figure used by Paul Cézanne in three paintings called Bathers at Rest.

The name of the painting derives from this similarity. However, it is also frequently called Tahitian Family (Famille tahitienne), although Gauguin had left Tahiti already in 1901. Disappointed by the increasing Europeanisation of his paradise, he sought refuge on the island of Hiva Oa, where this painting was created. Occasionally, it is also listed as A Walk by the Sea (Promenade au bord de la mer).

Catalogues raisonnés:
W.618 - Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin : I. Catalogue, 1964.
S.445 - Gabriele Mandel Sugana, L'opera completa di Gauguin, 1972.

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Record of provenance:
Ambroise Vollard, Paris
John Quinn, New York (1912)
A. Conger Goodyear, Buffalo, NY (1926)
Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
Georges Wildenstein, New York
Errol Flynn
Georges Wildenstein, New York
Basil Goulandris, Lausanne
Steve Wynn, Las Vegas
Steven A. Cohen, Greenwich, CT (2005)

Exhibitions:
Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1921, no. 55
Art Center, New York, 1926, no. 22
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1932, no. 27
Museum of Art, San Francisco, 1934-1935, no. 12
Museum of Art, Cleveland, 1936, no. 282
Museum of Art, Toledo, 1936, no. 12.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1988, no. 272
The Art Institute of Chicago, 1988, no. 272
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, 1999-2000
Fondation Beyerler, Basel, 2015

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Sali (Tuesday) [2015]

  • Directed by: Ziya Demirel
  • Written by: Ziya Demirel, Buket Coskuner
  • Produced by: Ziya Demirel, Anna Maria Aslanoglu
  • An ordinary school day for a teenage girl in Istanbul and her encounters with three different men as she goes to school, plays basketball and takes a bus on the way home.

    Cannes Official Selection 2015
    TIFF Official Seelection 2015
    Sundance Official Selection 2015

    Produced by: Anna Maria Aslanoglu - Istos film (Turquie / Turkey) / Olivier Berlemont & Emilie Dubois - oriGine films (France)

    Director - Ziya Demirel
    Writers - Buket Coskuner | Ziya Demirel
    Producers - Anna Maria Aslanoglu | Ziya Demirel
    Cinematographer - Meryem Yavuz
    Editor - Henrique Cartaxo

    Cast:

    Melis Balaban - Asli
    Yonca Hiç -Ayse
    Can Karacayli - Ozan
    Zeki Ocak - Yasli Adam