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Vase with Nasturtiums and Quimper Faience, 1886

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848 - 1903
oil on canvas
33.2 x 41.1 cm
Gift of Jeanne and Léontine Vollard, Île-de-la-Réunion, 1950
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4995)

OLD - This still-life was painted during Gauguin's first visit to Pont-Aven, a village near the rugged Atlantic coast of Brittany, where artists gathered in the summer. Standing next to the flowers on the table is a locally made drinking vase known as a "biberon", or baby bottle, with its handle turned towards the viewer. Gauguin has placed one or two floral stems below the rim of the vase, which, combined with the position of its handle and painted decoration, suggests a human face.

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