Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

La ferme de la Groue à Osny

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
La ferme de la Groue à Osny
signed and dated 'P Gauguin 83' (lower right)
oil on canvas
15 x 18¼in. (38 x 46.3cm.)
Painted in June-July 1883
Mme Devos.
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (no. 18228), by whom acquired from the above on 9 July 1910.
Joachim Gasquet, by whom acquired from the above on 11 July 1910.
Mme Denise Boas, Paris.
Anon. sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 15-16 December 1958, lot 160 (as 'Le petit ruisseau'; FFr 6,500,000).
Boas, Paris; sale, Palais Galliéra, Paris, 3 December 1964, lot 33.
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., London (no. 7872).
Captain H.E. Rimington-Wilson, Sheffield; sale, Christie's London, 30 November 1971, lot 18 (to Mason).
The Hon. Richard Smith, London; his sale, Christie's London, 4 April 1978, lot 8 (to S.M. Golesteneh).
Anon. sale, Christie's London, 23 June 1986, lot 11.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
R. Rey, Gauguin, Paris, 1923 (illustrated pl. 3; as 'Le ruisseau').
R. Cogniat, Gauguin, Paris, 1947, p. 5 (illustrated; as 'Le petit ruisseau').
L. Van Dovski, Gauguin, Bern, 1950, p. 339, no. 33.
G. Wildenstein, Gauguin, Paris, 1964, no. 85 (illustrated p. 35).
D. Wildenstein, Gauguin, Premier itinéraire d'un sauvage, Catalogue de l'oeuvre peint (1873-1888), Paris, 2001, no. 103 (illustrated p. 119).
London, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., Recent Acquisitions, Nov.-Dec. 1965, no. 17.
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Lot Essay

Over the three weeks that Gauguin spent with Pissarro at Osny in the summer of 1883 - he arrived on 15 June, according to Pissarro's letter to his son, Lucien, 'to spend the holidays and do some studies' - Gauguin painted seven canvases, including La ferme de la Groue à Osny. Two works from this series are today housed in the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek in Copenhagen (W. 102 & 105), with other pictures in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (W.106) and the Rhode Island School of Design at Providence (W. 101).

Having visited the older artist repeatedly since 1879, the summer of 1883 was to be longest and the final time that Gauguin spent painting with Pissarro. Such concentrated exposure led Gauguin to go so far as to paint the same motifs as had been tackled by Pissarro and there is an extant Pissarro also showing La ferme de la Groue (P&V. 583), although viewed from a slightly broader angle.

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