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Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Prints and Drawings: Prints by Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Charles Camoin,
Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Henri Edmond Cross, Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Maurice Denis, André Derain,
Susanne Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, Jean-Louis Forain, Paul Gauguin, Marie Laurencin, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Berthé Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Georges Rouault, Ker Xavier Roussel, Paul Signac,
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice de Vlaminck, James A. McNeill Whistler, and others.

Drawings by Albert Besnard, Andre Barbier, Henri Edmond Cross, Jean-Louis Forain, Eva Gonzales, Marie Laurencin,
Maximilien Luce, and Georges Rouault.

Hand-colored prints by Mary Cassatt, Marc Chagall, Sonja Delaunay, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

For a review of the show that concludes, "Art exhibits in Madison rarely get this good," click review.
Paul Gauguin was one of the most important Post-Impressionist painters and printmakers, but his impact on later artists includes the mythology that grew up about him: his abandonment of a job as a successful stockbroker, his abandonment of wife and family, and, ultimately "civilization" itself in search of a truth in nature that he found lacking in a civilization that he felt had become diseased. His adoption of a "primitive" lifestyle and his incorporation of motifs from native art into his own paintings and woodcuts served as an inspiration both to the Fauves and the German Expressionists and to artists like Picasso.

Print catalogues: Elizabeth Mongan, Harold Joachim, and Eberhard W. Kornfeld, Paul Gauguin: Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints (Berne: Galerie Kornfeld, 1988); Caroline Boyle-Turner, The Prints of the Pont-Avon School: Gauguin and His Circle in Brittany (NY: Abbeville, 1986) and Caroline Boyle-Turner, Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven: Prints and Paintings (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1989).
La femme aux figues (Guerin 88; Mongan, Kornfeld, Joachim 31 III/III). Original etching and lavis on zinc, 1899. First published in the portfolio, Germinal in an edition of 100 impressions in greenish-gray ink. At some point after this edition, the plate was cut down on the right side from 268x444mm to 268x418mm. 10 impressions from this were printed by Madame Delâtre, widow of the printer of the impressions for Germinal, who then cancelled the plate by gouging 2 XX lower right in the cloth next to the figs. In 1966, the plate was purchased and perhaps as many as 1000 impressions were made from it. Our impression is a very good early impression from this edition. In later impressions, much of the background hatching wears away and no longer prints; the central image also deteriorates and the double X is no longer visible. Although Guerin denied that Gauguin executed this work (noting that "Chez Seguin à St. Julien" is etched into the upper left crosshatching), more recent scholars point out that Gauguin was still alive when Germinal was first published and never disclaimed his authorship of the work and that Seguin never claimed it. See, in particular, Caroline Boyle-Turner, The Prints of the Pont-Avon School: Gauguin and His Circle in Brittany (NY: Abbeville, 1986), G. 5b, for her judicious account of the critical debate on this work, which had been considered, according to Print Collector I (1972), 71, "one of the most meaningful engravings in contemporary French art." Seee also the meticulous account in the Gauguin print catalogue raisoné by Mongan et al. In Dec. 2005, another posthumous impression of this etching sold at auction in France for $7321. Image size: 265x418mm. Price: $7000.
La femme au figues (G. 88). Original etching, 1899. This is a late impression of the same work. The amount of wear to the plate is immediately visible. Gauguin etched the work on a zinc plate which wore very quickly. Image size: 265x414mm. Price: SOLD.

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