About This Artwork

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

The Yellow Christ (recto), Female Bather Wading through a Brook, c. 1889

Salted paper print (extremely faded) toned with watercolor, on cream wove silver printing-out paper, laid down on cream card (recto); albumen print laid down on cream card (verso)
154 × 123 mm (primary support) (recto); 122 × 86 mm (primary support) (verso); 168 × 133 mm (secondary support)
Inscribed in the artist's hand, verso, lower center, in pen and brown ink: [cropped remnants of flourish below signature]

Bequest of Elizabeth F. Chapman, 1981.150R

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Association Paris Amerique Latine, "Exposition Retrospective: Hommage au Génial Artiste Franca-Péruvien Gauguin," December 17, 1926, cat. 84.

Kunsthalle Basel, "Paul Gauguin," July-August, 1928, p. 26, cat. 149 (1st ed.), cat. 136 (2nd ed.).

Berlin, Galerien Thannhauser, "Paul Gauguin: 1848-1903," October 1928, p. 13, cat. 107.

London, The Leicester Galleries, "Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Durrio Collection of Works by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)," May-June, 1931, p. 12, cat. 80.

The Chicago Arts Club, "Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings and Drawings from Private Collections in Chicago," November 4-25, 1938, cat. 51.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Gauguin," April 5-May 5, 1956, p. 20, cat. 59.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture," February 12-March 29, 1959, p. 65, cat. 80; traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 23-May 31, 1959.

New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, "Gauguin and the Decorative Style," June–September, 1966, n.p.

Publication History

Robert Goldwater, Paul Gauguin (New York, 1957), p. 56 (ill.).

John Rewald, Gauguin Drawings (New York, 1958), p. 25, no. 20 (ill.).

Sven Lövgren, The Genesis of Modernism Seurat, Gauguin, van Gogh, and French Symbolism in the 1880s (Uppsala, 1959), p. 123, fig. 19.

Jean Leymarie, Water-colours, Pastels and Drawings in Colour (London, 1961), no. 10 (ill.).

Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin, vol. I (Paris, 1964), p. 125, rel. to cat. 327.

Mark Roskill, "An Unexpected Gauguin Discovery," Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, vol. 62, no. 328 (Boston, 1964), p. 87, note 16.

Ronald Pickvance, The Drawings of Gauguin (London, 1970), p. 27, pl. 39 (ill.).

Mark Roskill, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and French Painting of the 1880s: A Catalogue Raisonné of Key Works (Ann Arbor, Mich., 1970), diss., p. 186.

Brian E. Halsey, Paul Gauguin: A Study of the Christ Theme in His Art and Thought (Florida State University, 1972), diss., pp. 129, 131-132, fig. 36.

Richard R. Brettell, Françoise Cachin, Claire Frèches-Thory, and Charles F. Stuckey, The Art of Paul Gauguin, with assistance from Peter Zegers, exh. cat. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C./Art Institute of Chicago/New York Graphic Society Books, 1988), p. 157.

Jean Leymarie, Gauguin: Aquarelles, pastels et dessins (Geneva, 1988), p. 38 (ill.)

Jean Leymarie, Gauguin: Watercolors, Pastels, Drawings (New York, 1989), pp. 38-39 (ill.).

Ingo F. Walther, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903): The Primitive Sophisticate (Cologne, 1992), p. 26 (ill.).

Javier González de Durana, Miriam Alzuri, and María Amezaga, Francisco Durrio (1868–1940): Sobre las huellas de Gauguin, exh. cat. (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2013), p. 208, no. 1 (ill.).

Ownership History

From the artist to Francisco “Paco” Durrio (1868–1940), Paris, between 1893 and 1895 [Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2013]; left by Francisco “Paco” Durrio at Kunsthalle Basel for exhibition in 1928 [Basel, 1928]. Walther Geiser (1897–1993), Basel, by Jan. 18, 1931 [Geiser personal papers]; consigned by Walther Geiser to Lucas Lichtenhan (1897–1969), Basel, on Jan. 18, 1931 [Geiser personal papers]; sold by Lucas Lichtenhan, as the agent for Walther Geiser, London, 1931 [Geiser personal papers]. Albert Roullier Art Galleries, Chicago, by Dec. 21, 1931 [Chicago, 1931]. Mrs. Charles Goodspeed (née Elizabeth Fuller, later Mrs. Gilbert Chapman; 1893–1980), Chicago, by 1938 [Chicago 1938]; bequeathed by the estate of Elizabeth F. Chapman to the Art Institute, 1981.

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