Still Life with Ham
c. 1889
Jacob (Isaac) Meyer de Haan (Dutch, 1852-1895)
Not on View

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 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.


  • Artist Name: Jacob (Isaac) Meyer de Haan (Dutch, 1852-1895)
  • Title: Still Life with Ham
  • Date: c. 1889
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 13 x 18-1/4 in. (33.0 x 46.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
  • Accession Number: F.1983.12.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Marie Henry (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 1959).
Private Collection, Paris..
[Galerie La Cave, Paris, sold 1978 to];
Norton Simon, 1983 donated to;
The Norton Simon Foundation.

L'Ecole de Pont-Aven

  • Paris, Galerie La Cave, 1978-04 to 1978-06
  • The Eye of Duncan Phillips: A Collection in the Making, 1999, no. 51, fig. 19
  • Gauguin's Nirvana: Painters at Le Pouldu 1889-90, 2001, fig. 58 p. 39
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1534 p. 418

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