National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Parau na te Varua ino (Words of the Devil) Paul Gauguin (artist)
French, 1848 - 1903
Parau na te Varua ino (Words of the Devil), 1892
oil on canvas
overall: 91.7 x 68.5 cm (36 1/8 x 26 15/16 in.) framed: 116.8 x 94 x 10.1 cm (46 x 37 x 4 in.)
Gift of the W. Averell Harriman Foundation in memory of Marie N. Harriman
On View
From the Tour: Paul Gauguin
Object 5 of 8

Exhibition History

Exposition d'Oeuvres récentes de Paul Gauguin, Galeries Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1893, no. 10, as Parua no Varua Ino (Paroles du Diablo)
La Première Exposition à Bruxelles, La Libre Esthétique, Brussels, 1894, no. 192, as Paroles du diable "Parau nate Vanua ino"
Manet and the Post-Impressionists, Grafton Galleries, London, 1910-1911, no. 43, as L'Esprit du mal
International Exhibition of Modern Art [The Armory Show], Association of American Painters and Sculptors, Armory of the Sixty-Ninth Infantry, New York, 1913, no. 175; Art Institute of Chicago, no. 138; Copley Society of Boston, Copley Hall, no. 55.
Exposition d'Oeuvres de Grandes Mâitres du Dix-Neuvième Siècle, Paul Rosenberg, Paris, 1922, no. 41
Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais, Paris, 1928, no. 2297, as L'éveil de la pudeur
Opening Exhibition, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, 1930, exhibition pamphlet, no. 11
Old and Modern Masters in the New York Art Market from the collections of Leading New York Dealers, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, 1931, no. 57, as Paroles du Diablo
French Painting, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, 4-16 April, 1932, no cat.
A Century of Progress. The Art Institute of Chicago, 1933, no. 352, as At the Edge of the Forest (Parau Na Te Varua Ino)
Exhibition of French Painting from the Fifteenth Centiry to the Present Day, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1934, no. 102, repro., as At the Edge of the Forest
One Hundred Years French Painting 1820-1920, The William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and The Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, MO, 1935, no. 28, as At the Edge of the Forest (Parau na te Varu [sic] ino)
The Post Impressionists, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1935, no cat., as At the Edge of the Forest
Cezanne - Gauguin. The Toledo Museum of Art, 1936, no. 5, repro., as Edge of the Forest, Parau na te Varua ino.
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1936, no. 15, as At the Edge of the Forest, Parau na te Varua ino
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1936, no. 24, as At the Edge of the Forest, Parau na te Varua ino
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, A Retrospective Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of Les Amis de Paul Gauguin and The Penn Normal Industrial and Agricultural School, Wildenstein & Co., New York, 1936, no. 26, as At the Edge of the Forest, Parau...
Paul Gauguin Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1936, no. 16, repro., as At the Edge of the Forest (Parau na te Varua ino)
Relationships between French Literature and Painting in the Nineteenth Century, The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, 1938, no. 15, as At the Edge of the Forest.
Classics of the Nude - for the Benefit of the Lisa Day Nursery, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1939, no. 30, as At the Edge of the Forest (Parua no te varua ino.)
Modern French Masters, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, 1939, no. 5
Origins of Modern Art, The Arts Club of Chicago, 1940, no. 57, as At the Edge of the Forest
Aspects of French Painting from Cezanne to Picasso, Los Angeles County Museum, 1941, no. 21, repro., as Paroles du diable
Gauguin: Exposition du Centenaire, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 1950, no. 21
Paul Gauguin zum 100. Geburtsjahr, Kunstmuseum Basel, 1950, no. 47, as Paroles du diable
Paul Gauguin, His Place in the Meeting of East and West, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, 1954, no. 24, repro., as Paroles du diable
Albany Institute of History and Art, 1955, no cat.
A Loan Exhibition, Nude in Painting - For the Benefit of Recording for the Blind, Inc., Wildenstein & Co., New York, 1956, no. 36, repro.
French Painting of the Last Half of the Nineteenth Century, The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1956, unnumbered checklist, repro., as PAroles du diable
Loan Exhibition - Gauguin - For the Benefit of The Citizens' Committee for Children of New York City, Inc., Wildenstein & Co., 1956, no. 32, repro.
Gauguin, Art Institute of Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1959, no. 42, repro.
Exhibition of the Marie and Averell Harriman Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1961, unnumbered catalogue, repro. 25
1913 Armory Show - 50th Anniversary, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; Armory of the Sixty-ninth Regiment, NY, 1963 [shown in Utica only]
Dimensions of Polynesia, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1973, no. XII.6, repro., as Parua na te varua ino, Words from the Evil Spirit
Paris - New York, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1977, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Post-Impressionism: Cross-Currents in European and American Painting 1880-1906, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980, not in cat.
Capolavori Impressionisti dei Musei Americani, Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples; Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, 1986-1987, no. 20, repro.
The Art of Paul Gauguin, National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Art Institute of Chicago; Grand Palais, Paris, 1988-1989, no. 147, repro.
Gogen: Vzgliad iz Rossli, The State Hermitage Museum, Leningrad and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, 1989, no. 27, repro.
Lost Paradise: Symbolist Europe, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1995, no. 132, ill. no. 107.
Paul Gauguin: Das verlorene Paradies, Museum Folkwang Essen; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1998-1999, no. 23, repro.
Paul Gauguin, Tahiti, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany, 1998, no. 39, repro.
Loan to display with permanent collection, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 1999.
Art Nouveau, 1890-1914, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 2000-2001, no. 123 (shown only in Washington).
Gauguin-Tahiti, L'atelier des tropiques, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003-2004, no. 89, repro.
Il Simbolismo: Da Moreau a Gauguin a Klimt, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, 2007, no. 20, repro.
Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Tate, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2010-2011, no. 101, repro.
The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution, The New-York Historical Society, New York, 2013-2014, fig. 293.

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