Paul Gauguin (French 1848 – 1903) Recto and Verso sketches
Self-Portrait Recto with Portrait of a Woman on Verso. (One sheet). Self portrait shows Gauguin’s profile with eyes gazing down in contemplation and depth when Paul was perhaps in his early 20’s. Details show emotions and perhaps provenance with fear and conviction to his turbulent future ahead. The verso shows a woman with detailed simplicity. Her eyes again showing emotion; perhaps love, fear or a combination of the two. This art piece is confirmed to be an authentic and original Paul Gauguin work done by his own hands through the Wildenstein Plattner Institute Of France and will be included in the ongoing Catalogue Raisonne. Paperwork and a COA will be included with this artwork.
Unsigned; Inscribed #3776 on the reverse
Crayon on paper
Sheet: 10 3/4 x 8 inches (27.3 x 20.3 cm)
Framed: 24.5 x 22 inches (61.5 x 55 cm)
Provenance: The artist. Poli Gauguin (son), LOA Letter from Poli Guaguin,
Neikrug Galley Inc NY. Doyle New York, Avantiques
Literature: Wildenstein Plattner Institute Of France. This artwork will be included in the ongoing Catalogue Raisonne of Paul Guaguin’s Works with catalogue #.
Condition: Good with toning and fine foxing throughout. Ripples and undulations commensurate of age and use. Blue crayon swirls on both sides posssibly by son Poli. Unevenesss to paper. Displays beautifully in museum frame with linen matting and museum plans. Verso of frame; artwork visible with glass and matting.
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (French; 7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist. Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of colour and Synthetist style that were distinct from Impressionism. Toward the end of his life, he spent ten years in French Polynesia. The paintings from this time depict people or landscapes from that region.
His work was influential on the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and he is well known for his relationship with Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Gauguin’s art became popular after his death, partially from the efforts of dealer Ambroise Vollard, who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career and assisted in organizing two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris.
Gauguin was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way for Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential practitioner of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms. In the 21st century, Gauguin’s Primitivist representations of Polynesian cultures and peoples, the artist’s sexual relationships with teenage Tahitian girls, and the legacy of European colonialism in his work have been a subject of renewed scholarly debate and controversy.
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