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
Object 1 of 8
Acquired from the artist in November 1888 by (Boussod, Valadon et Cie., Paris and New York); sold 16 September 1889 to Montaudon. (Ambroise Vollard [1867-1939], Paris), by 1922 until at least 1936. Possibly (Etienne Bignou, Paris). William A. Cargill [d. 1962], Carruth, Scotland, by 1956; (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,  VA; gift 1983 to NGA.
 According to La Ronde des petites Bretonnes, exh. cat., Musée des beaux arts, Rennes, 1997, p. 6.
 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.
 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).
 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.
 Annotated sales catalogue in the library of the National Gallery of Scotland; Acciarri also listed in Paul Mellon papers in NGA curatorial files.
- Bignou, Etienne
- Boussod Valladon & Cie
- Cargill, William A.
- Hector Brame
- Mellon, Paul, Mr.
- Sotheby's, London
- Vollard, Ambroise
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