365 Days of Art: June 2 – Gauguin Painting Sells for 76 Francs

Paul Gauguin, Forest Interior (Sous-Bois), 1884

June 2, 1894

The Gauguin painting, Forest Interior (Sous-Bois), is bought by one Ambroise Vollard in Paris, for 76 francs; the money goes to benefit the widow of Gauguin’s dealer.

After Gauguin went to Tahiti in 1891, he consigned a few paintings to a collector and dealer named Julien-François Tanguy, who died three years later. After Tanguy’s death, artists, collectors and other dealers organized an auction at the Hôtel Drouot, and donated proceeds to Madame Tanguy.

1884 (21 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.)