Object Description

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848 – 1903)
Portrait of Clovis, the artist’s 3rd child as an infant
Signed, inscribed and dated ‘Paul Gauguin / dessine a Paris / 1879 portrait de Clovis’ also with an inscription ‘Melle G. a / M. A. N. R. M. / 17 / 12 / 3’
Black crayon on paper
9.1/4 x 6.1/4in. (23.5 x 15.8cm.)
This beautiful work comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Wildenstein institute.

Object History

Of the five children Gauguin had legitimately it is known his two favourites were Aline and Clovis. Tragically Clovis died young in 1900 after blood poisoning after a hip operation. This study shows Clovis as a baby, it is a very touching study of Gauguin’s favourite son. Drawn as a labour of love bearing in mind the death of his son 3 years before his own death. This becomes even more personal and precious to Gauguin himself.

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