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image of Breton Girls Dancing, Pont-Aven Paul Gauguin (artist)
French, 1848 - 1903
Breton Girls Dancing, Pont-Aven, 1888
oil on canvas
overall: 73 x 92.7 cm (28 3/4 x 36 1/2 in.) framed: 86.7 x 106 x 3.5 cm (34 1/8 x 41 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
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Acquired from the artist in November 1888 by (Boussod, Valadon et Cie., Paris and New York); sold 16 September 1889 to Montaudon.[1] (Ambroise Vollard [1867-1939], Paris), by 1922 until at least 1936.[2] Possibly (Etienne Bignou, Paris).[3] William A. Cargill [d. 1962], Carruth, Scotland, by 1956;[4] (his estate sale, Sotheby's, London, 11 June 1963, no. 29); purchased for £75,000/$210,000 by Acciarri for (Hector Brame, Paris) for Paul Mellon, Upperville, [5] VA; gift 1983 to NGA.

[1] According to La Ronde des petites Bretonnes, exh. cat., Musée des beaux arts, Rennes, 1997, p. 6.

[2] Listed in the Vollard inventory of 1 January 1922, as 'Danse bretonne 72 x 92 10000,' Archives Vollard, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Lent by Vollard to exhibitions in Paris and New York in 1936.

[3] A photograph of this painting is included in the albums from the Bignou Gallery, now at the documentation center of the Musée d'Orsay (copy, NGA curatorial files).

[4] According to John Rewald, Post-Impressionism from van Gogh to Gauguin, 1956, p. 289, the painting was in a private collection in Scotland at that time; this is probably Cargill.

[5] Annotated sales catalogue in the library of the National Gallery of Scotland; Acciarri also listed in Paul Mellon papers in NGA curatorial files.

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