About This Artwork

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

Nativity (Mother and Child Surrounded by Five Figures), c. 1902

Transfer drawing in brown and black ink (recto) and graphite and red chalk (verso) on cream wove paper trimmed and perimeter mounted on cream laid paper
244 x 221 mm
Not signed

Gift of Robert Allerton, 1922.4317

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture," June 1–November 1, 1933, p. 91, cat. 877.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Paul Gauguin," April 3-May 4, 1946, p. 70, cat. 60.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, "Gauguin in Tahiti," April 1-May 14, 1950.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Gauguin," April 5-May 5, 1956, p. 21, cat. 73 as Virgin and Child surrounded by five Figures.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture," February 12-March 29, 1959, p. 90, cat. 191; traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 23-May 31, 1959.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Paul Gauguin: Monotypes," March 23-May 13, 1973, p. 109 and 148, cat. 84 (ill.), cat. by Richard S. Field.

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, "The Art of Paul Gauguin," May 1-July 31, 1988, p. 470, cat. 262 (ill.); traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, September1 7-December 11, 1988.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist", June 25 - September 10, 2017, pp. 43, 292, 302, 303, 304, cat. 244, cat. by Gloria Groom, et. al, traveled to Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, October 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018.

Publication History

Britt Salvesen, with Douglas W. Druick and Peter Kort Zegers, Gauguin (Chicago, 2001), pp. 104 and 111, no. 32 (ill.).

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Gauguin: Tahiti (Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2003), exh cat., pp. 284-285, fig. 9 (ill.).

George T. M. Shackelford, Claire Fréches-Thory, et. al., Gauguin Tahiti (Boston, 2004), pp. 239 and 363, fig. 70.

Henri Dorra, The Symbolism of Paul Gauguin: Erotica, Exotica, and the Great Dilemmas of Humanity (Calif., 2005), p. 269, 341, fig. 138 (ill.).

Jean-François Staszak, Gauguin: voyageur du Pérou aux îles Marquises (Paris, 2006), p. 176 (ill.).

Ownership History

Given by Robert Allerton (1873-1964) Chicago, to the Art Institute, 1922.

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