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A brightly colored close up scene of peaches in a porcelain bowl

Quickly brushed, brightly painted, slanting strokes depict a still life of a bowl of peaches on a table at center left. Four ripe peaches in orange and yellow are visible piled into a round porcelain bowl, which is white with blue and pink reflections, with floral designs on its side. Two more peaches sit beside the bowl at lower right, on the tan tablecloth, and a round hand held fan is propped at an angle just behind the bowl. Vigorous blue and turquoise strokes indicate the background.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Gauguin, French (Paris 1848 - 1903 Fatu-Iwa [Marquesas Islands])
Still Life with Peaches
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Still Life, Apples
Work Type
c. 1889
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on cradled panel
26 x 31.8 cm (10 1/4 x 12 1/2 in.)
frame: 41.9 x 46.7 x 2.9 cm (16 1/2 x 18 3/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: P Go


Recorded Ownership History
[Ambrose Vollard], sold; to Gustave Fayet, Igny, France, 1903, sold; to [Paul Rosenberg, Paris], 1928 [2], sold; to [Wildenstein & Company, New York], sold; to Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Sachs, New York, 1929, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1958

[1] Vollard is noted in "Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain," p. 123, p. 211, note 164
[2] Rosenberg date from "Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain," p. 211, note 164

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Walter E. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Exhibition of French Painting of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1929), no. 51, repr. pl. XXXVIII
  • Maurice Malingue, Gauguin, le peintre et son oeuvre, Presses de la cite (Paris, France, 1948), repr. fig. 230
  • Lee van Dovski, Paul Gauguin oder die Flucht vor der zivi-lojation, Olten (Bern, Switzerland, 1950), no. 378, p. 354
  • Loan exhibition: Gauguin, for the benefit of the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York City, Inc., exh. cat., Wildenstein & Company (New York, NY, 1956), no. 39, repr. p. 54
  • Gauguin: paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1959), pp. 53-54, no. 54
  • Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1964), vol. I, no. 381, p. 145, repr.
  • Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 108; repr. as no. 392
  • The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color, no. 25, p. 81
  • Isabelle Cahn and Antoine Terrasse, Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, exh. cat., Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (München, Germany, 1998), no. 18, p. 58, repr. in color
  • Eliza E. Rathbone and George T.M. Shackelford, Impressionist Still Life, exh. cat., The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC, 2001), p. 166, repr. as pl. 76; pp. 208-209
  • Olivier Meslay, Dictionnaire du Salon d'Automne: Repertoire des Exposants et Liste des Oeuvres Presentees, 1903-1945, L'echelle de Jacob (Dijon, 2006), Vol. II, p. 578 (as Nature morte (Pêches)
  • Eik Kahng, ed., The Repeating Image: Multiples in French Painting from David to Matisse, The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, 2007), repr. in color on p. 131
  • Herike Holsing, "Stillleben mit Robbia-Putto" und "Stillleben mit Blattpflanze und Eierbecher" von Paula Modersohn-Becker, Patrimonia (Berlin/Bremen, Germany, 2011), 356, pp. 8-31, pp. 24-25, repr. Abb. 12
  • Stéphane Guibourgé, Alexandre d'Andoque, and Magali Rougeot, Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain, Editions du Regard (Paris, 2015), pp. 123, 211 note 164

Exhibition History

  • Salon d'Automne, Salon, Paris, Paris, 10/06/1906 - 11/15/1906
  • French Painting of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/06/1929 - 04/06/1929
  • A Loan Exhibition of Paul Gauguin, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 04/03/1946 - 05/04/1946
  • Gauguin, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 04/05/1956 - 05/05/1956
  • Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 02/12/1959 - 03/29/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 04/23/1959 - 05/31/1959
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1959, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 04/21/1959 - 05/31/1959
  • The Example of Pissarro, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/20/1981 - 07/03/1981
  • The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990
  • Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/26/1996 - 09/12/1996
  • Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, 08/27/1998 - 11/15/1998
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000
  • Impressionist Still Life, The Phillips Collection, Washington, 09/22/2001 - 01/13/2002; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/17/2002 - 06/09/2002
  • Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013
  • 32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/12/2016 - 07/14/2017

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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