Guy Wildenstein will include this work in his forthcoming Gauguin catalogue raisonné.
Jacob Meyer de Haan (1852-1895), the Dutch founder of a prosperous biscuit manufacturing firm, took up painting late in life. Having sought the advice of Pissarro, he studied under Gauguin, whom he first met in 1889, the year before the artist left for his first trip to Tahiti. Meyer de Haan had a considerable intellectual impact upon Gauguin, and was the creative inspiration for many works, including his intriguing portrait of 1889 (Wildenstein, no. 317).