Nature morte à la citrouille signed 'Ch. Filliger' (lower left) pastel and gouache on board 16 x 22.6cm (6 5/16 x 8 7/8in). Executed circa 1889
PROVENANCE Melina Rodde. By whom gifted to her son Léon Rodde, 20 February 1929 (according to inscription on the reverse). Yves Diguet, Auvers-sur-Oise. Acquired from the above by a private collector, 1980. Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne.
EXHIBITED Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Musée Départemental du Prieuré, Filiger: Dessins, Gouaches, Aquarelles, November 1981-February 1982, no.10. Indianapolis, Museum of Art, and elsewhere, Gauguin and the Pont-Aven School, 8 September 1994-15 September 1996, no.70. Künzelsau, Museum Würth, Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, 2 March-1 June 1997, no.70.
Nature morte à la citrouille is evidently an early example of Charles Filiger's work, since he only signed his surname with two 'l's (the correct spelling) at the beginning of his career. Like many of his contemporaries, Filiger experimented with a Pointillism in the late 1880s and exhibited two small watercolours in this manner at the Salon des Indépendants in 1889. Still lifes, however, are unusual in Filiger's oeuvre.