One of the pictures of Paul Gauguin from the album owned by Daniel Blau.

Only Known Photographs of Gauguin in Tahiti Recently Unearthed

Martin Bailey of the Art Newspaper reports that photographs of Paul Gauguin in Tahiti—the only photographs known to exist of the artist during his time in Polynesia—were discovered in photo albums purchased at a country auction in France in July 2015. One was bought by Paris’s Musée du Quai Branly, and the other by Munich-based art dealer Daniel Blau. No mention of Gauguin appearing in the albums was made in the auction catalogue. Blau purchased his album for about $6,200.

The photographs in the album depict the artist kissing a Tahitian woman, picnicking, and spending time with various acquaintances. A copy of a photograph purchased by Blau about ten years ago shows Gauguin posing in a group shot. A duplicate of that photo appears in his album.