Olga's Gallery

Paul Gauguin

Nirvana, Portrait of Meyer de Haan.

1889. Oil and tempera on silk. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, USA. Read Note.

Paul Gauguin. Nirvana, Portrait of Meyer de Haan.

Jacob Meyer de Haan ( ? - 1895), Dutch painter, student and close friend of Gauguin. In summer of 1889 they stayed together at an inn in Le Pouldu, near Pont Aven in Brittany. Meyer de Haan paid Gauguin’s bills in return for painting lessons, and they both decorated the inn's dining room with paintings. The innkeeper Marie Henry, had a daughter by de Haan, and later played a negative role in Gauguin’s life: she refused to return his works, which he had to keep in her inn for some time