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New Acquisition in The Van Gogh Museum: ‘Clovis Sleeping’ by Paul Gauguin

The Van Gogh Museum has acquired Clovis Sleeping by Paul Gauguin. Clovis Sleeping is a key work in Gauguin’s oeuvre, and the first Impressionist painting by the artist to be added to the museum’s collection.
Gauguin combined his Impressionist technique and use of colour with a deeper layer of meaning in this work. Clovis Sleeping was a breakthrough, and precipitated the Symbolic style for which he became renowned.

"Clovis endormis" by Gauguin, Rouen, 1884, was offered in the Sam Josefowitz sale at Christie's on 13 October 2023, with a GBP 3,000,000 – GBP 5,000,000 estimate. It didn't sell. The Josefowitz heirs sold it to the Van Gogh Museum for an undisclosed amount.

Source: vangoghmuseum

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