Paul Gauguin (artist)|
French, 1848 - 1903
Haystacks in Brittany, 1890
oil on canvas
overall: 74.3 x 93.6 cm (29 1/4 x 36 7/8 in.) framed: 96.5 x 115.6 x 7.6 cm (38 x 45 1/2 x 3 in.)
Gift of the W. Averell Harriman Foundation in memory of Marie N. Harriman
Object 4 of 8
Probably (Gauguin sale, Hôtel des Ventes, Paris, 18 February 1895, no. 44 or 45); acquired by (Ambroise Vollard, Paris); sold to Gustave Fayet [1865-1925], Igny, France, c. 1900. Gerald Brooks [d. 1936], New York; by inheritance to Mrs. Helen Brooks; sold June 1936 to (Marie Harriman Gallery, New York); her husband, The Hon. W. Averell Harriman [1891-1986]; W. Averell Harriman Foundation; gift 1972 to NGA.
 A letter dated 21 February 1901 from Ambroise Vollard to Daniel de Montfreid describes his having sold a few paintings to Fayet, including what is almost certainly this Gauguin. A marginal note refers to the 1895 Gauguin sale. (Special Collections, Getty Research Institute). Fayet, a collector and friend of artists, had a number of van Goghs and Gauguins in his possession. In 1908, when he and his wife acquired the Abby of Fontfroid, he sold some of the collection. This painting is visible in a photograph of the interior of Fayet's Château d'Igny, dated c. 1914 but is not described in J.-G. Goulinat, "Les Collections Gustave Fayet," L'Amour de l'Art 6 (1925), pp. 131-142, so perhaps was sold between these two dates.
According to Marie Harriman Gallery inventory card in NGA curatorial records, Mrs. Brooks sold this and six other objects to Harriman in June 1936.
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