Lower right: P. Gaugin 1903
Gustave Fayet (b. 1865 - d. 1925), Igny, France [see note 1]. 1906, acquired by Carl Moll (b. 1861 - d. 1945), Vienna [see note 2]; October 31, 1908, sold by Moll to Bernheim-Jeune et Fils, Paris (stock no. 16884) [see note 3]; September 14, 1909, sold by Bernheim-Jeune to Ambroise Vollard (b. 1867 - d. 1939), Paris; 1928, still with Vollard [see note 4]. 1929, Paul Rosenberg and Co., Paris and New York; October 24, 1929, sold by Rosenberg to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948) NOTES:  The early provenance (to 1909) is based on information provided by Georges Wildenstein, Gauguin (Paris, 1964), vol. 1, pp. 270-271, cat. no. 636.  The painter Carl Moll, who ran the Galerie Miethke in Vienna, wrote to Karl Ernst Osthaus on November 26, 1906 about a Gauguin landscape from 1903 that he had just acquired--almost certainly a reference to the MFA painting--as well as acquisitions he had made in Paris. Moll organized a Gauguin exhibition at the Galerie Miethke in the spring of 1907, but it cannot be determined from the checklist whether this painting was included. See Peter Kropmanns, "Peitschenhiebe statt Zuckerbrot. Zur frühen Gauguin-Rezeption in Wien," in Paul Gauguin: von der Bretagne nach Tahiti. Ein Aufbruch zur Moderne (Graz, 2000), pp. 133-135.  Wildenstein (as above, n. 1) does not make it explicit that Moll was the seller; however, at least one other painting by Gauguin that had belonged to Moll (Wildenstein, cat. no. 311) was acquired by Bernheim-Jeune on this date.  Vollard lent the painting to the exhibition "Paul Gauguin" (Kunsthalle, Basel, July-August, 1928), cat. no. 107.
Bequest of John T. Spaulding