Parau Parau (Whispered Words) Artist: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903)


European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Oil on canvas


unframed: 77.1 × 96.5 cm (30 3/8 × 38 in.)

Credit Line

John Hay Whitney, B.A. 1926, Hon. 1956, Collection

Accession Number



19th century


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Vente Gauguin, Paris, Hotel Drouot, June 18, 1895, no. 38; Paul Gauguin; A. Vollard, Paris; Galerie Tanner, Zurich; Marquis Maeda, Japan; New York art market. John Hay Whitney, to 1982; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Frauke V. Josenhans et al., Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2017), 50, no. 1, ill.
  • Albert Kostenevich, ed., Impressionism: Sensation and Inspiration: Highlights from the Hermitage, exh. cat. (Amsterdam: Museumshop Hermitage Amsterdam, 2012), 122, ill.
  • Susan D. Greenberg, A Selection of French Impressionist Paintings from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2001), 13, fig. 6.
  • Alan Shestack, ed., Yale University Art Gallery Selections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983).
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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works)


grass trees


[in white chalk] 19X14 (or 17X14, or 19814)\r\n[black ink/sharpie] 18150\r\n18150\r\n6784[?]\r\nGauguin / Parau-Parau / 165 / S.E.H. John Hay Whitney\r\nGalerie Charpentier, Paris (with “92” and “55”)\r\n59/54\r\n2590[?] [or 2390?] \r\n

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