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02998
formerly attributed to:

GAUGUIN, Paul


Paris 1848 - Atuona, French Polynesia 1903

Maker unknown


Tête avec cornes

Head with Horns

before 1894

sandalwood with traces of polychromy on a lacewood base

head

Dimensions (HxWxD): head: 8 1116 x 9 x 4 34; base: 7 78 x 9 1316 x 6 78 in.

Acc. No.: 2002.18

Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Photo credit: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

© Artist:


Provenance

  • ?-about 1993, Switzerland, Private Collection
  • about 1993, sold to Wildenstein & Co.
  • about 1993-2002, New York, Wildenstein & Co.
  • 2002, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, accessed 22 March 2012 and 7 August 2018
  • 1893-1901 Gauguin
    Paul Gauguin, Noa Noa: Voyage de Tahiti (bound manuscript), 1893-1901. Paris, Musée d'Orsay, held by the Département des Arts Graphiques, Musée du Louvre, RF 7259, folio 30 verso, ill.
  • 1899 Agostini
    Jules Agostini, "L'Océanie française: Les Îles sous le Vent." Bibliothèque ilustrée des voyages autour du monde par terre et par mer, no. 85 (Paris: Plon, 1899), p. 32, ill.
  • 1905 Agostini
    Jules Agostini, Tahiti (Paris: J. André, 1905), p. 71, ill.
  • 1927 Guérin
    Marcel Guérin, L'Oeuvre Gravé de Gauguin (Paris: H. Floury, 1927; Reprint, San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1980), under no. 67
  • 1931 Bayard
    Emile Bayard, L'art de reconnaître les styles coloniaux de la France (Paris: Librarie Garnier Frères, 1931), p. 261, fig. 181
  • 1949 Leymarie
    Jean Leymarie, Gauguin: Exposition du Centenaire, exh. cat. (Paris: Éditions des Musées Nationaux, 1949), p. 87, under no. 100
  • 1959 [Chicago]
    Gauguin, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1959), p. 75, under no. 124
  • 1963 Gray
    Christopher Gray, Sculpture and Ceramics of Paul Gauguin (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1963), p. 288, under no. 136 and pp. 310-311, no. A-13
  • 1964 Bodelsen
    Merete Bodelsen, Gauguin's Ceramics: A Study in the Development of his Art (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1964), p. 146
  • 1967 Bodelsen
    Merete Bodelsen, "Gauguin Studies." The Burlington Magazine 109, no. 769 (April 1967), pp. 220-25, ill.
  • 1969 O'Reilly
    Patrick O'Reilly, Les photographes à Tahiti et leurs oeuvres, 1842-1962 (Paris: Société des océanistes, Musée de l'homme, 1969), p. 83, n. 46
  • 1973 Field
    Richard S. Field, Paul Gauguin: Monotypes, exh. cat. (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973), p. 91, under no. 66
  • 1983 Vance
    Mary Lynn Zink Vance, "Gauguin's Polynesian Pantheon as a Visual Language." Ph.D. diss. (University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983), pp. 283-84, 287, 333-35, nn. 407-411, 424; pl. 186
  • 1985 Amishai-Maisels
    Ziva Amishai-Maisels, Gauguin's Religious Themes (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1985), pp. 250-51; 279, nn. 84-85; p. 459; fig. 102
  • 1985 Wadley
    Nicholas Wadley, ed. Noa Noa: Gauguin's Tahiti (Oxford: Phaidon, 1985), p. 45, fig. 26
  • 1986 Le Pichon
    Yann Le Pichon, Sur les traces de Gauguin (Paris: Éditions Robert Laffont, 1986), p. 209, ill.
  • 1987 [Tokyo]
    Paul Gauguin, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Tokyo Shimbun, 1987), p. 179, under no. 130.
  • 1988 Mongan, Kornfeld and Joachim
    Elizabeth Mongan, Eberhard W. Kornfeld, and Harold Joachim. Paul Gauguin, Catalogue raisonné of his Prints (Bern: Galerie Kornfeld, 1988), p. 190, under no. 48, n. 1
  • 1988 Brettell, Cachin, Frèches-Thory and Stuckey
    Richard Brettell, Françoise Cachin, Claire Frèches-Thory, and Charles F. Stuckey. The Art of Paul Gauguin (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1988), p. 367; p. 465, ill.
  • 1997 Bellet
    Harry Bellet, "Les Barbares de la Sculpture." Connaissance des Arts, no. 541 (July-August 1997), pp. 64-66, ill.
  • 1997 [Maeght]
    La sculpture des peintres, exh. cat. (Saint-Paul: Fondation Maeght, 1997), p. 60, under no. 27; pp. 62-63, no. 30, ill; p. 64, under no. 31; p. 308, n. 30; cover ill.
  • 1997 Eisenman
    Stephen F. Eisenman, Gauguin's Skirt (London: Thames and Hudson, 1997), p. 174, ill.
  • 1997 Madeline
    Laurence Madeline, "Gauguin, le primitif ultra-sauvage." L'Oeil, no. 487 (July-August 1997), pp. 58-67, ill.
  • 1998 Pickvance
    Ronald Pickvance, Gauguin, exh. cat. (Martigny: Fondatio Pierre Gianadda, 1998), no. 118, pp. 176-177, ill.; pp. 247 and 291
  • 2001 Childs
    Elizabeth C. Childs, "The Colonial Lens: Gauguin, Primitivism, and Photography in the Fin de siècle." In Antimodernism and Artistic Experience: Policing the Boundaries of Modernity. Lynda Jessup, ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001), p. 62
  • 2002 [Metropolitan]
    "Gauguin in New York Collections: The Lure of the Exotic." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Calendar: Exhibitions & Programs (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, July-August 2002), p. 5, ill.
  • 2002 Du Prel
    Alex W. Du Prel, "Un Faux Gauguin au Metropolitan de New York." Tahiti-Pacifique, no. 136 (August 2002), p. 8, ill.
  • 2002 Ives and Stein
    Colta Ives, and Susan Alyson Stein with Charlotte Hale and Marjorie Shelley. The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002), p. 134, fig. 51; no. 108, p. 135 ( ill.) and p. 224
  • 2002 [Catskill]
    "In New York's first major Gauguin show in 40 years, works never before seen by the public." Catskill Mail, July 8, 2002
  • 2002 Januszczak
    Waldemar Januszczak, "It has sun, sea, sand and sex, but the stunning Gauguin in New York is more than just one artist's voyage of discovery." The Sunday Times, August 2002, p. 7
  • 2002 [San Marino]
    "Getty Museum Acquires Rare Sculpture by Paul Gauguin." San Marino Tribune, August 8, 2002, p. S-5, ill.
  • 2002 Stuckey
    Charles F. Stuckey, "Gauguin." The Burlington Magazine 144, no. 1194 (September 2002), pp. 581-583, ill.
  • 2002 [Apollo]
    "A selection of 2002 museum acquisitions." Apollo 156, no. 490 (December 2002), p. 40, ill.
  • 2002 Madeline
    Laurence Madeline, Ultra-Sauvage, Gauguin Sculpteur (Paris: Éditions Adam Biro, 2002), pp. 169-71, ill.
  • 2003 Tréhin
    Jean-Yves Tréhin, Tahiti: L'Éden à l'épreuve de la photographie (Papeete: Musée de Tahiti et des Îles/Gallimard, 2003), pp. 144-145, pp. 144-45
  • 2003 [Getty]
    "Gauguin Sculpture Acquired." This Month at the Getty (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust, April 2003), unpaginated, ill.
  • 2003 [Art Newspaper]
    "Museum Acquisitions." The Art Newspaper, no. 135 (April 2003), p. 18
  • 2003 Frèches-Thory and Shackelford
    Claire Frèches-Thory and George T.M. Shackelford. Gauguin Tahiti, l'atelier des tropiques, exh. cat. (Paris: Éditions de la Reunion des musées nationaux, 2003), p. 153, ill.
  • 2003 Cahn
    Isabelle Cahn, Gauguin Écrivain, CD-Rom and booklet (Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2003), p. 36
  • 2003 Tréhin
    Jean-Yves Tréhin, Gauguin, Tahiti et la Photographie (Papeete: Musée de Tahiti et des Îles, 2003), p. 173, ill.
  • 2004 Shackelford and Frèches-Thory
    George Shackelford and Claire Frèches-Thory. Gauguin Tahiti, exh. cat. (Boston: MFA Publications, 2004), p. 106, ill.
  • 2007 [Getty Handbook]
    The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 273, ill.
  • 2015 [Getty Handbook]
    The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 316, ill.
  • 2015 Pedersen
    Line Clausen Pedersen et al., eds. Gauguin: Tales from Paradise, exh. cat. (Milan: MUDEC - Museo delle Culture, 2015), pp. 178-79, ill.
  • 2017 Bernardi and Ferlier-Bouat
    Claire Bernardi and Ophélie Ferlier-Bouat, eds. Gauguin: L'alchimiste, exh. cat. (Chicago and Paris: Art Institute of Chicago and Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, 2017), pp. 35, 144, 194, 196. Note: reproduced in photographs dating from about 1895-1897
  • 2021 Desmas
    Anne-Lise Desmas, "The Getty Head with Horns in Gauguin's Historiography", Getty Research Journal, no. 13, 2021, p. 143-156
  • 2021 Pingeot
    Anne Pingeot, "Paul Gauguin (Paris, 1848-Atuona, 1903): Inventor of the Readymade?", Getty Research Journal, no. 13, 2021, p. 157-176

Exhibitions

  • 1997 Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    La Sculpture des Peintres, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Fondation Maeght, July 2-October 19, 1997


    1998 Martigny

    Gauguin, Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, June 10-November 22, 1998


    2002 New York

    Gauguin in New York Collections: The Lure of the Exotic, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 18-October 20, 2002


    2007-2008 Rome

    Paul Gauguin, Rome, Complesso del Vittoriano, October 5, 2007-February 3, 2008


    2010-2011 London/Washington, D.C.

    Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth, London, Tate Modern, September 30, 2010-January 16, 2011; Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, February 21-May 30, 2011


    2014 New York

    Gauguin: Metamorphoses, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, March 8-June 8, 2014


    2015-2016 Milan

    Gauguin: Tales from Paradise, Milan, Museo delle Culture, October 28, 2015-February 21, 2016


    2017 Los Angeles

    The Sculptural Line, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, January 17-April 16, 2017