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Paul Gauguin. Still Life with Three Puppies. 1888

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Still Life with Three Puppies

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903)

Oil on wood
36 1/8 x 24 5/8" (91.8 x 62.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
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Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.

Amedée Schuffenecker, Paris [1]; Galerie Miethke (Carl Moll), Vienna, 1907 [2]. Acquired by Thea Sternheim (1883-1971), Munich/Brussels/Paris, 1912 [3]; on extended loan to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 4, 1939 [4]; seized by Alien Property Custodian, New York, July 1944; returned to Thea Sternheim, Paris, May 1951; sold (through Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York) to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 1952.
[1] Catalogue raisonne Wildenstein 2002, vol. 2, no. 311.
[2] Offered for sale at Gauguin exhibition at Galerie Miethke, Vienna (March 15-April 28, 1907), no. 35.
[3] Offered for sale at the "Internationale Kunstausstellung des Sonderbundes Westdeutscher Kunstfreunde und Künstler," Cologne, May 1912-September 30, 1912 (cat. no. 155: Tisch mit 3 fressenden Hündchen, 1888. Acquired from there by Thea Sternheim in 1912.
It is plausible that this work passed through Ambroise Vollard's hands at some stage before Sternheim's acquisition. See James Laver, French Painting and the Nineteenth Century. With Notes on Artists and Pictures by Michael Sevier and a Postscript by Alfred Flechtheim, New York: Charles Scribner's, 1937, p. 94, no. 129: "From the collection of M. Ambroise Vollard. / Coll.: Mme. Carl Sternheim, Paris."
Included in the auction "Van Gogh Gauguin - Renoir: Collection Mme Théa Sternheim," Frederik Muller & Cie, Amsterdam, February 11, 1919, lot 2. Unsold.
[4] Included in the exhibition Art in Our Time: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 10-September 30, 1939, no. 64.

Nature morte
Three Dogs, Three Wineglasses, Three Apples
Meal of Three Little Dogs on a Table
Still Life with Three Little Dogs
[Nature morte avec trois petits chiens]

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