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Artist: Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903

Parau Parau (Whispered Words)


Oil on canvas

unframed: 77.1 × 96.5 cm (30 3/8 × 38 in.)
John Hay Whitney, B.A. 1926, Hon. 1956, Collection
On view
19th century

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.


Albert Kostenevich, ed., Impressionism: Sensation and Inspiration: Highlights from the Hermitage, exh. cat. (Amsterdam: Museumshop Hermitage Amsterdam, 2012), 122, ill.

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.

Alan Shestack, ed., Yale University Art Gallery Selections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983).

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.

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