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1914 Print Portrait Self Paul Gauguin Nose Head Face Gaze Model Famous XAFA2

1914 Print Portrait Self Paul Gauguin Nose Head Face Gaze Model Famous XAFA2

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This is an original 1914 monochrome halftone print entitled Portrait of Self by Paul Gauguin.


This 97+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Monochrome
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.75 x 6.5 inches; 12 x 17 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Gauguin, Paul. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

Gauguin, Paul

(Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848-8 May 1903) was born in Paris, France. His father was a journalist and his mother, Alina, was the daughter of Flora Tristan, the half-Peruvian proto-socialist and founders of modern feminism. In 1849, his family moved to Lima, Peru. During the voyage Gauguin's father, Clovis, died. Alina, Paul, and Paul's sister remained in Peru until 1855. This time would prove formative for Gauguin; the Peruvian imagery he encountered at this early age, especially the Pre-Columbian pottery of the Inca his mother collected, would come to influence his later work. Gauguin's family returned to France, settling in Orléans when he was seven years old. Gauguin learned French, though his preferred language remained Peruvian Spanish.

At the age of 23, and after several years spent in the military fulfilling his required service, Gauguin secured a job in Paris as a stockbroker and became a successful Parisian businessman for eleven years. In 1873 he married a Danish woman, Mette-Sophie Gad. Their marriage lasted eleven years, falling apart as Gauguin was driven to paint full-time. He returned to Paris in 1885, experiencing bouts of depression and once attempting to commit suicide. In 1888 he joined his friend, Vincent van Gogh, for nine weeks in Arles to paint. Needing to escape a European civilization, and in search of an idyllic, uncorrupted landscape, Gauguin traveled to Martinique and, in 1891, sailed to French Polynesia. These temporary excursions were made permanent on 3 July 1895, when Gauguin left France for French Polynesia, never to return.

The images resulting from this permanent move to French Polynesia are Gauguin's most iconic. It is his time here that establishes his status as a leading French Post-Impressionist and an important figure in the Symbolist movement and influential to Primitivism and the Synthetist style of modern art. Gauguin's work was heavily influenced by local folk art and Japanese prints, evolving toward Cloisonnism, a specific style of Post-Impressionist painting with bold, flat forms separated by dark contour lines. His play with body proportion, geometric designs, and the use of local, indigenous subjects for his paintings would lead to the Primitivism art movement, and an increasing interest at the turn of the twentieth century in the native arts of Africa, Micronesia, and North America. In addition to his painting, Gauguin was an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as an art form.

Keywords specific to this image: Historic, Pose

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