Letter to Charles Morice, July 1901

With woodcut of Gauguin's monogram in a decorative motif on page one

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903)


Each sheet: 22.7 x 17.6 cm (8 15/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodcut printed in black on commercial graph paper (papier quadrillé)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



One letter consisting of six pages written on three sheets of dark cream, wove, squared (graph) paper with a woodcut monogram on page 1. The text concerns the Museum’s painting, Where Do We Come From (D’ou venons nous, 36.270). Written by Paul Gauguin to Charles Morice, July, 1901. Letter written in pen and black ink, on one folded and one single sheet of squared paper (now separaged). On page 6 the second of two postscripts is in purple ink. The continuous text shows that sheet 1 recto = page 1; sheet 1 verso = page 4. Sheet 2 recto = page 2; sheet 2 verso = page 3. Sheet 3 recto = page 6; sheet 3 verso = page 5. Page 4 contains a diagram of the MFA painting with Gauguin’s analysis of its meaning.


Signed and dated.


Private collection, Boston; gift to MFA 5 June 1958.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift