Study of a Nude

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Study of a Nude (Suzanne sewing)
French: Étude de nu (Suzanne cousant)
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Artist Paul Gauguin
Year 1880
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 114.5 cm × 79.5 cm (45.1 in × 31.3 in)
Location Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Study of a Nude, or Suzanne sewing is an 1880 painting made by Paul Gauguin in Paris. It is currently in the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen.[1][2] The painting depicts a young woman who is arranging a garment in undisguised nakedness.[3]


The painting depicts a young, nude woman who is arranging a garment. The scene is set in a bedroom with the woman sitting on an unmade bed against a mauve wall that is decorated with a mandolin and a tapestry. The body of the model is a three-quarter perspective with the head in profile. While the woman's face suggests she is attractive, her body is flabby, disproportionately pear-shaped and intentionally ugly.


Despite the impact the painting had on the Impressionist exhibition, Gauguin was unable to sell it. His wife, Mette, refused to hang the painting in their home. However, when Gauguin left his family in Copenhagen, the picture was held by her until it was sold in 1892 to the Danish artist, Theodor Philipsen.[4]

In 1920, Philipsen donated the work to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and since 1922, it has been in the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.


  1. ^ "Study of a Nude (Suzanne Sewing)". Web Gallery of Art. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Study of a Nude by Paul Gauguin". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Gedo, Mary Mathews (1995). Retreat from an Artistic Breakthrough: Gauguin's Nude Study (Suzanne Sewing). pp. 407–416. JSTOR 1482821.
  4. ^ Gauguin, Paul (1922). The Letters of Paul Gauguin to Georges Daniel de Monfreid. Dodd, Mead and Company. p. 46. Retrieved 5 July 2016.