Lot 635: Important French post-Impressionist painter (1848–1903) recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style. In 1891, he traveled to Tahiti, where the brilliant hues and primitive sculpture closely complemented his own art, which was marked by strong colors, few lines, and flat patterns. Four preliminary pencil sketches of dogs accomplished by Gauguin on both sides of a single off-white 6.5 x 4.25 sheet. Scattered creases and light soiling, otherwise fine condition. This page originates from the sketchbook Gauguin kept during his first trip to Tahiti from 1891 to 1893, which was published in facsimile as 'Carnet de Tahiti' by Quatre Chemins-Editart, Paris, in 1954. It was released as a limited edition of 500 copies, with numbers 1 through 30 containing an original sketch removed from the notebook. Includes the two-book slipcased set in which this leaf was enclosed, numbered 10/500.Gauguin's 1891 trip to French Polynesia was spurred by a desire to escape European civilization and 'everything that is artificial and conventional.' Two of his most notable paintings from 1892 are 'Arearea' and 'Tahitian Pastorals,' both of which portray dogs resembling those sketched here. Some scholars suggest that, given Gauguin's penchant for symbolism, these dogs are representations of himself. While in Tahiti Gaugin adopted a primitivist style that came to define his legacy. Straight out of the artist's notebook, this is an extraordinary piece from a pivotal era of Gauguin's artistic development.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
Write a response...