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

Quickly brushed, brightly painted, slanting strokes depict a still life of a bowl of apples and a ceramic jug on a table. At center left, five apples in orange, yellow and red are piled in a low, white porcelain dish, which sits on a rumpled white cloth on a brown table top. At center right, standing just behind the bowl, a rough brown ceramic jug has been molded with its top in the form of a human head in profile facing left. A bright green pear lies on the table at right, and a landscape painting hung on a wall can be seen in the background.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Gauguin, French (Paris 1848 - 1903 Fatu-Iwa [Marquesas Islands])
Still Life with Apples, a Pear, and a Ceramic Portrait Jug
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Still Life, Apples, Pear and Ceramic
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on paper mounted on panel
28.6 x 36.2 cm (11 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)
frame: 43.5 x 52.4 x 2.9 cm (17 1/8 x 20 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: P. Gauguin 89


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. 117, p. 209, note 122
[2] Rosenberg date from "Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain," p. 209, note 122

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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The (cradled) panel is mahogany.

Publication History

  • Exhibition of French Painting of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1929), no. 52
  • A loan exhibition of Paul Gauguin, for the benefit of the New York Infirmary, exh. cat., Wildenstein Galleries (New York, NY, 1946), no. 25, p. 65; repr. p. 40
  • Paul Gauguin: His Place in the Meeting of East and West, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1954), no. 27
  • 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. 40, p. 18; repr. p. 54
  • Gauguin: paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1959)
  • Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1964), no. 405, repr. p. 155
  • Merete Bodelsen, Gauguin's Ceramics: A Study in the Development of His Art, Faber & Faber Limited (London, England, 1964), repr. in b/w fig. 112, p. 161; text, p. 160
  • Marla Prather and Charles F. Stuckey, Gauguin: a Retrospective, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1987), repr. as colorplate 49, p. 161
  • Michael Hoog, Paul Gauguin: Life and Work, Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1987), repr. in color p. 131, pl. 88
  • 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. 393
  • 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. 24, p. 79
  • Isabelle Cahn and Antoine Terrasse, Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, exh. cat., Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (München, Germany, 1998), no. 19, p. 59, repr. in color
  • Eric M. Zafran, ed., Gauguin's Nirvana: Painters at Le Pouldu 1889-90, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, 2001), p. 150; repr. in color p. 36
  • Eliza E. Rathbone and George T.M. Shackelford, Impressionist Still Life, exh. cat., The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC, 2001), p. 166, repr. as pl. 75; p. 208
  • Belinda Thomson, ed., Gauguin: Maker of Myth, exh. cat., Tate Publishing (London, 2010), checklist p. 241, pl. 38
  • Stéphane Guibourgé, Alexandre d'Andoque, and Magali Rougeot, Gustave Fayet: L'oeil souverain, Editions du Regard (Paris, 2015), pp. 117, 209 note 122
  • Cornelia Homburg and Christopher Riopelle, Gauguin: Portraits, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada and National Gallery (Ottawa/London, 2019), cat. no. 112, p. 209, repr. p. 205 as ill. 112, repr. pp. 16-17 (detail)

Exhibition History

  • 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
  • Paul Gauguin, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 01/01/1954 - 12/31/1954
  • 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
  • Gauguin's Nirvana : painters at Le Pouldu 1889-90, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 01/26/2001 - 04/29/2001
  • 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
  • Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Tate Modern, London, 09/30/2010 - 01/16/2011; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 02/21/2011 - 06/05/2011
  • 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
  • Gauguin: Portraits, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 05/24/2019 - 09/08/2019; National Gallery, London, 10/07/2019 - 01/26/2020

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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