Portrait of Mette Gauguin

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Portrait of Mette Gauguin

Paul Gauguin


Only two marble sculptures by Gauguin are known, this portrait head of his Danish wife Mette and one of his son, Emile, carved in the same year.

At the time the Gauguin family was living in an apartment in the Rue des Fourneaux, in Paris, which belonged to a sculptor named Bouillot. Considering Gauguin’s inexperience as a sculptor in marble, and the highly accomplished naturalism of this work, it seems likely that Bouillot assisted Gauguin in the carving, but to what extent is not known.

 


Paul Gauguin(1848-1903), Portrait of Mette Gauguin, 1877, @The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

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