This is how an art forger practises his business

This painting has nothing to do with Paul Gauguin. It's a fake. (Attend to the sale)

Slyer scriber:
The painting will be included in the catalogue
raisonne of PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903) established by the WIDENSTEIN INSTITUTE, September 21, 2004; letter of GUY WILDENSTEIN to art historian XAVIER D'ALEYRAC DE COULANGES October 7, 2004. (Photo shown with letter)
Wildenstein Institute
57,Rue La Boetie
8e,France   Tel:01-45-61-61-61  Fax:01-45-61-61-45

As clearly stated in the document from Wildenstein (written in French, look further down) the picture will not be included in any book to come. So this is quite the opposite of what the seller writes. First of all the present material is an awful painting, a fiddle mend to trick potential buyers to bid for the subject. What we can see here has nothing to do with Paul Gauguin. Furthermore this is a distinct example on how an unscrupulous seller is doing his best to swindle by making buyers believe that the picture in question is approved by the Wildenstein Institute as a genuine Gauguin even though quite the opposite is the case. Naturally he hopes that buyers without any sufficient knowledge of foreign languages do not understand the French text.

Here it is:


»Nous vous informont qu’après étude et en l’etat actuel de nos connaissance nous n’avons pas l’intention, a ce jour, d’inclure l’aeuvre ci-dessous reproduite :

Scene avec cases et palmiers... «


Meaning: After having studied the object shown below and as far as we can say for now, we hereby state that we have no intention for the moment to include this reproduction in any book to come:

»Scene with palms«.


The expression »for the moment« is just a nice way of saying NO! We want nothing to do with it.