Portrait of Clovis, the artist's 3rd child as an infant
Signed, inscribed and dated 'Paul Gauguin / dessine à Paris / 1879 portrait de Clovis' also with an inscription 'Melle G. à / M. A. N. R. M. / 17 / 12 / 3'
Black crayon on paper
9.1/4 x 6.1/4 in. (23.5 x 15.8 cm.)
Of the five children Gauguin had legitimately, it is known his two favourites were Aline and Clovis. Tragically Clovis died young in 1900 after blood poisoning after a hip operation. This study shows Clovis as a baby, it is a very touching and intimate study of Gauguin's favourite son. His son died only 3 years before his own death which must have been a devastating blow. This most personal of works comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Wildenstein institute.