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    Thursday, February 29th, 2024
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) – Le toit bleu or Ferme au Pouldu Painted in 1890. Courtesy Ordovas

    Gauguin and the Contemporary Landscape, an exhibition of five paintings exploring the enduring influence and appeal of nature on artists working over a century apart, opens today at Ordovas at Savile Row in London. At the centre of the exhibition is a rural scene by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted in Brittany in 1890. It is shown alongside works by two contemporary artists who have also redefined landscape painting: Peter Doig (b. 1959) and Mamma Andersson (b. 1962). These include a monumental and rarely seen cabin painting considered to be one of Doig’s finest works of the 1990s which is shown in public for the first time in 25 years, and a large-scale composition painted earlier this year by Andersson.

    Peter Doig (b.1959) – Camp Forestia (Care Taker) Painted in 1996 © Peter Doig. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2024. Courtesy Ordovas 

    Le toit bleu or Ferme au Pouldu was painted by Paul Gauguin in 1890 after he had escaped the booming urban culture of Paris to explore relatively remote, seemingly uncivilised areas of Brittany, becoming the most prominent painter of the Pont-Aven school. Camp Forestia (Care Taker) was painted just over a century later in 1996 by Peter Doig, one of the most important British painters living today, and an artist who has redefined the genre of landscaping painting. Measuring almost 2 x 3 metres, it is the largest in a series of works by the artist depicting the clubhouse of a nudist colony, Camp Forestia, located on Tiger Mountain in Washington State.

    Mamma Andersson (b.1962) – Cauldron of Morning. Painted in 2023
    © Mamma Andersson. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner 

    Stubbornly Waiting is a new composition painted earlier this year by Swedish artist Mamma Andersson, one of the foremost landscape painters working today. Also measuring almost 3 x 2 metres, this painting exemplifies the artist’s approach to landscape painting which recalls late nineteenth-century romanticism while also embracing a contemporary interest in layered, psychological compositions. These scenes draw inspiration from a wide range of archival photographic source materials, filmic imagery, theatre sets, and period interiors, as well as the sparse topography of northern Sweden, where she grew up. The London exhibition runs until April 26.


    Thursday, February 14th, 2019

    Paul Gauguin Le Jardin de Pissarro, Quai du Pothuis à Pontoise, 1881 (recto)
    Deux esquisses d’autoportrait (verso)

    An early landscape by Paul Gauguin, which has been in the same collection for nearly a century, will come up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and  Modern art sale in Paris on March 29.   Le Jardin de Pissarro, Quai du Pothuis à Pontoise, 1881, has rarely been exhibited: in 1964 in Pont-Aven and, more recently, at a hugely popular exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2016.

    The work is rare in more than one respect: Gauguin’s paintings from this period hardly ever appear on the market, and the two self-portraits by the artist on the back of the canvas make it truly unique.  According to the catalogue raisonné on Gauguin, these are the first known self-portraits by the artist. It appears certain that they were executed after the landscape. While they are painted on a blank background, both are of an exceptional quality, presaging some of Gauguin’s most famous self-portraits, made a few years later.

    Between 1879 and 1881, Gauguin frequently visited Pissarro, whom he called his “dear teacher” in a number of letters. He would often stay in Pontoise, where Pissarro lived. The latter launched Gauguin’s career as a painter and taught him all the technique he required. These were formative years for Gauguin’s art. As Christophe Duvivier, Director of the Pontoise museums, puts it: “With Pissarro, Gauguin learnt to see landscape and summarise it.”

    The friendship between the two men is reflected in a joint work made in 1880 and kept at the Musée d’Orsay: a portrait of Gauguin by Pissarro combined with a portrait of Pissarro by Gauguin. The house featured in this painting is where Pissarro lived in Pontoise between summer 1881 and November 1882.  The figure underneath the umbrella is likely to be Pisarro, who often painted thus.  The work is estimated at 600,000-900,000.


    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

    Gauguin's Crouching Tahitan Woman (click on image to enlarge)

    There was a new world auction record for a print by Paul Gauguin at Sotheby’s in London today.  Gauguin’s Crouching Tahitian Woman Seen From The Back sold for £577,250, more than three times the low estimate of £180,000.
    The traced monotype, or ‘printed drawing’, was fiercely contested by a number of determined bidders, finally selling to a private collector on the telephone after a five-minute battle.
    Ten prints by Gauguin from the Collection of Stanley J. Seeger, sold for £1.54 million, almost four times the pre-sale low estimate for the group.
    A pair of woodcuts by Albrecht Durer who is widely considered the greatest artist of the Northern RenaissanceA Map of the Northern Sky and A Map of the Southern Sky, sold for £361,250.
    See post for March 22.


    Friday, January 7th, 2011
    GAUGUIN’S Nature morte à “L’Espérance is the highlight of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on February 9. Christie’s Art of the Surreal sale takes place on the same evening.
    The pre-sale estimate of £73,880,000 to £109,060,000 is the second highest for the February Impressionist sales at Christie’s in London.  The corresponding estimate in 2010 was £56.5 million to £80.8 million.
    Paul Gauguin’s (1848-1903) historically important still life was painted in 1901 when he was still living in Tahiti.  The work has been exhibited at over 20 major museum exhibitions including the artist’s first landmark Retrospective at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 1906. It is expected to realise £7 million to £10 million.
    Four works to be sold by the Art Institute of Chicago are led by Nature morte à la guitare (rideaux rouge) by Georges Braque (1882-1963) (estimate: £3.5 million to £5.5 million).
    A collection of works on paper by Paul Gauguin made in France and Tahiti between 1894 and 1902 will be sold at Sotheby’s in London on March 30.  From the Collection of Stanley J. Seeger, the American privagte collector, the ten works have a well-recorded provenance. They can be traced back in most cases directly to the artist. The group will lead the sale of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints, and is estimated at £430,000-574,000.
    UPDATE:   There was disappointment when this work failed to sell in an otherwise sucessful auction that realised £84.9 million.  It was suggested that the brown colour of the work had something to do with this.