In early February 2015 the newspaper "The New York Times", referring to insider sources, reported: well-known "Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation" sold the rarity of its rich collection - painting "When Will You Marry? (Nafea Faa Ipoipo)"  by Paul Gauguin.

    According to experts, the deal amounted to about $ 300 million and probably the buyer is the Emirate of Qatar. The painting became the most expensive ever sold in the world .

Paul Gauguin
When Will You Marry? (Nafea Faa Ipoipo). 1892
oil on canvas. 105Х77см. 

    Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) - French painter Post-Impressionist. The most fruitful period of Gauguin's creativity was in Tahiti where he lived for eight years. Despite the poverty following serious illnesses, at this particular time he painted his best artworks, including "When Will You Marry? (Nafea Faa Ipoipo)". Popularity came to Gauguin after his death in 1906, following the organization its first large exhibition of 227 paintings in 1906.

     Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation was founded in 1931 and is named after the founder of the collection, the famous Swiss collector of early 20th century Rudolf Staehelin (1881-1946). The Foundation owns more than 20 paintings by outstanding French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas. Currently the Foundation is headed by grandson, named after grandfather, Rudolf Staehelin.

     Considering  the exceptional value of the collection, many of the paintings (including "When Will You Marry?") were during nearly 60 years on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum) in Basel and at the Museum "d'Art et d'Histoire" in Geneva.

      According to Rudolf Staehelin, there were two reasons for the sale of painting: the conflict with Kunstmuseum about the terms of the lease and attractive offer from a potential buyer.
     Following the logic of Rudolf Staehelin, in the near future it is rather  possible that other paintings from the collection of the Foundation will also be offered on the art market.

Paul Cezanne
Portrait of Victor Chocquet. 1877
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation

Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of a Woman (Madame Tanguy?). 1886
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation
Vincent van Gogh
Daubigny's Garden. 1890
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation

Camille Pissarro
Le Sentier du Village. 1875
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation

Paul Cezanne
Glass and Apples. 1879
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation

Claude Monet
Temps calme, Pouurville. 1891
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation

Vincent van Gogh
La Berceuse. 1889
Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation

    Buyer painting - the Emirate of Qatar is one of the top three buyers in the world at the moment, and they have huge resources. Qatar has made a huge commitment to making itself the hub of the art market in the Middle East. They are building incredible museums and an incredible art collection.  While Qatar has become a powerhouse in the market in the past few years, it has repeatedly declined to confirm which artworks it has bought. Earlier acquisitions were well-known "The Card Players" by Paul Cezanne more than $ 250 million in 2012, "White Center" Mark Rothko for $ 72.8 million in 2007, the artworks of Andy WarholJeff KoonsRichard Serra

      Under the deal, the painting must be transferred to a new owner in January 2016.
    Art lovers can enjoy this most expensive painting in the world in the traveling exhibitions until the end of the current year:
Museum Beyeler Foundation in Basel,
Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid (03/18/2015 - 13/09/2015)
Museum Phillips Collection in Washington (10/10/2015 - 01/10/2016).

Materials on the subject:
1. Gauguin Painting Is Said to Fetch $300 Million. The New York Times.