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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903

Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé

1891

Etching and drypoint with engraving

platemark: 18.3 × 14.3 cm (7 3/16 × 5 5/8 in.)
framed: 62.2 × 49.5 × 2.5 cm (24 1/2 × 19 1/2 × 1 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.90
All of the portraits in the Arthur Ross Collection are of artists except for this one by Paul Gauguin, which depicts the Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, translator of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. The portrait was made in 1891, nearly two decades after Mallarmé’s first publication of Poe translations. Nevertheless, Mallarmé’s continued association with The Raven—indeed, almost an implied merging of his identity with that of the narrator of the poem—is made evident by the presence of the bird ominously looming over the poet’s head.
Geography: 
Made in France
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 144, pl. 62.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.