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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Gauguin, French (Paris 1848 - 1903 Fatu-Iwa [Marquesas Islands])
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Man in a Toque / L'Homme à la toque
Work Type
c. 1875 - c.1877
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
46.7 x 38.4 cm (18 3/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
framed: 62.9 x 55.2 cm (24 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: back of frame: said to be Self-Portrait by Gauguin / Formerly in the Carel F. de Wild Coll. / Formerly owned by M. Knoedler & Co 1915 / Formerly owned by Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
  • label: red-bordered label: [printed:] 12249
  • label: transferred to backing board from back of frame: No 18228 / Gauguin / Portrait d'hom[ ]
  • label: transferred to backing board from back of frame: Scott & Fowles [ ] 11
  • label: transferred to backing board from back of frame, red-bordered label: Chelsea / No 21


Recorded Ownership History
Mme Devos, sold July 9, 1910; to [Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, no. 18230], sold; to [Knoedler, New York], sold December 5, 1916; to Carel F.L. de Wild, Larchmont, NY (1), his sale [Anderson Galleries, New York, January 18-19, 1924, lot 309]. [Scott & Fowles, New York], sold (2); to Duncan Stewart Ellsworth, Salisbury, Connecticut, bequeathed; to his wife Helen W. Ellsworth, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1996.

(1) Wildenstein incorrectly lists his middle initials as P.L. rather than F.L.
(2) Wildenstein incorrectly lists "private collection, United States," after Scott & Fowles and before Duncan Ellsworth. Mrs. Ellsworth states that her husband purchased the painting from Scott & Fowles (letter of Dec. 9, 1996, in file).

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Helen W. Ellsworth in memory of Duncan S. Ellsworth '22, nephew of Archibald A. Hutchinson, benefactor of the Hutchinson Wing
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Gustave Kahn, "Paul Gauguin", L'Art et les Artistes (November 1925), repr. p. 50
  • Henri Dorra, "A Suburban Landscape by Gauguin", Smith College Museum of Art Bulletin (1953), pp. 33-34, repr. pp.2-4
  • Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1964), no. 25, repr.
  • K. Mittelstadt, Gauguin, Self-Portraits (Oxford, England, 1968), no. 2, repr.
  • Daniel Wildenstein and Raymond Cogniat, Gauguin (Milan, Italy, 1971), p. 11, repr.
  • Wayne V. Anderson, Gauguin's Paradise Lost, Viking Press (New York, NY, 1971), pp. 6-7, 267, repr.
  • Lee van Dovski, Die Wahrheit über Gauguin, J.G. Bläschke (Darmstadt, Germany, 1973), no. 81
  • Daniel Wildenstein, Gauguin: Premier itinéraire d'un sauvage, catalogue de l'oeuvre peint (1873-1888), Skira/Seuil (Milan, Italy, and Paris, France, 2001), vol. 1, p. 27, no. 23, repr.
  • Douglas Druick and Peter Kort Zegers, Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 2001), p. 29, repr. as fig. 34
  • Daniel Wildenstein, Gauguin: A Savage in the Making. Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings (1873-1888), Skira (Paris, Milan, New York, 2002), vol. 1, p. 27, cat. no. 23, repr.
  • Belinda Thomson, ed., Gauguin: Maker of Myth, exh. cat., Tate Publishing (London, 2010), checklist p. 240, pl. 2
  • Sandrine Andrews, Dada: Gauguin, Éditions Arola (Paris, 2015), p. 6, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Tate Modern, London, 09/30/2010 - 01/16/2011; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 02/21/2011 - 06/05/2011

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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