About This Artwork

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

Caricatures of Gauguin and Governor Gallet, with headpiece from Le sourire, 1900

Watercolor, with black colored pencil, and touches of pen and black ink, over a transfer drawing in black, and wood-block print in black ink with blue watercolor on cream wove paper
298 × 204 mm (sheet); 98 × 164 mm (headpiece)
Signed lower left, in black crayon: "P. Gauguin"; inscribed center right, in black crayon: "Marlbrough s'en va t en guerre"; in blue ink: "Mironton Mirontaine"; lower right, in black crayon: "Joli joujou"

Gift of Walter S. Brewster, 1949.605

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture," February 12-March 29, 1959, p. 89, cat. 188; traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 21-May 31, 1959.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist", June 25 - September 10, 2017, hors. cat.

Publication History

Jean Dorsenne, La vie sentimentale de Paul Gauguin (Paris, 1927), p. 157 (ill.).

Beril Becker, Paul Gauguin: The Calm Madman (New York, 1931), pp. 292-293.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Gauguin Prints (Chicago, 1959), n.p. (ill.).

Ruth Deborah Rothschild, A Study in the Problems of Self-Portraiture: the Self-Portraits of Paul Gauguin (New York, 1961), diss., pp. 135-136, 233, 293, fig. 48 (ill.).

Elda Fezzi and Fiorella Minervino, "Noa Noa" e il Primo Viaggio a Tahiti di Gauguin (Milan, 1974), p. 53, fig. 44 (ill.).

Daniel Wildenstein and Raymond Cogniat, Gauguin (New York, 1974), p. 91 (ill.).

Elizabeth Mongan, Eberhard W. Kornfeld, and Harold Joachim, Paul Gauguin: Catalogue Raisonné of His Prints (Bern, 1988), p. 254, no. 73.

Belinda Thompson, ed., Gauguin: Maker of Myth, (London, 2010), exh. cat., pp. 73, 88-89, fig. 20.

Ownership History

Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Brewster, Chicago, probably from September 30, 1930 [according to the inventory of the Brewster collection in the curatorial file]; given to the Art Institute, 1949.

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