Past Exhibition

Old Women of Arles

Black print on yellow paper showing four figures

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) 
Old Women of Arles, from the Volpini Suite, 1889
Zincograph on yellow wove paper
Sheet: 17 1/4 x 21 3/8 in. (43.8 x 54.3 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962.69

The five zincographs on bright yellow paper in this exhibition are part of Gauguin’s Volpini Suite, a series of prints based loosely on his works in other media. The suite takes its name from the owner of the café where Gauguin and other avant-garde artists staged their own exhibition in opposition to the state-sanctioned Exposition Universelle. This sheet is based almost directly on a painting made in Arles during Gauguin’s two-month stay with Vincent van Gogh. The yellow paper used throughout the suite may reflect Gauguin’s esteem for Van Gogh’s sunflowers and his famous yellow house.