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Paul Gauguin


Paul Gauguin
  • Original Title: Les Baigneurs
  • Date: 1902; French Polynesia  
  • Style: Cloisonnism
  • Period: 2nd Tahiti period
  • Genre: nude painting (nu)
  • 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)

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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