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Still Life with Ham, c. 1889

Jacob (Isaac) Meyer de Haan

Dutch, 1852-1895
Oil on canvas
13 x 18-1/4 in. (33.0 x 46.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
F.1983.12.P
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Meyer de Haan moved from Amsterdam to Paris in 1888. There he stayed with his compatriot Theo van Gogh—brother of Vincent—who urged him to visit Paul Gauguin in Brittany. From early 1889 through 1890, Meyer de Haan and Gauguin lived and worked together in the tiny town of Le Pouldu, sharing their meals, their interest in Breton folk art, and even their mistress. The simple array Meyer de Haan depicted here—a cut of ham with seven shallots and a tumbler of red wine—also appears in a picture by Gauguin, today in the Phillips Collection, Washington. The artists may have painted them side by side.

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