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Paul GAUGUIN (Paris 1848-Atunoa 1903) Man seen...

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Paul GAUGUIN (Paris 1848-Atunoa 1903) Man seen from behind holding a stick On the recto, heightened print in graphite, on the verso drawing in graphite heightened with a partial print, on beige paper. Tiled partially on the reverse. (Misses restored on the edges for a setting to the rectangle.) Height : 16 cm 16 cm ; Width : 14,5 cm Provenance: - Probably former Vollard collection - Former collection Yves Renaudin - Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Laurin, 13 May 1981, lot N° 152 repr. Expert : Cabinet DE BAYSER Exhibition : Documents Tahiti, galerie M. Guiot, 15 May - 13 June 1942, n° 22, p. 21, non repr. Gauguin, Tokyo, 1969, n° 53, repr. Bibliography: Richard Field, Paul Gauguin: Monotypes, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973, no. 49, pp 80-81 repr. Study for an autograph, reproduced in Avant et Après, a collection of memoirs and manifestos written by Gauguin shortly before his death. (See Paul Gauguin, Avant et Après, with the 27 drawings of the original manuscript, edition C. Grès & cie, Paris, 1923, pp 70 - 71 repr). The fact that Gauguin took up his drawing in the form of an imprint on both sides shows that he sought to draw out the full substance of his invention. This figure, an adaptation of Raro te Oviri, occupies a special place in the master's production, since free variations of it can be found in several of his works, including The Bearer of Fei, Return from the Hunt, Adam and Eve, War and Peace and Tahitian Carrying Bananas. The position was inspired by one of the soldiers of the Trajan column. Gauguin's method for this type of monotype, traditionally called a "dessin-empreinte", was to ink a sheet of paper and then place another sheet of paper on top of it, on which the artist drew his pencil drawing (which he may have sketched beforehand). By coming into contact with the inked support, the drawing is thus transferred to the back of the drawn sheet. Gauguin's aim was not to show the drawing but its transfer, which he considered to be the finished work. TEMPORARY IMPORTATION + The buyer of this lot will have to pay, in addition to the sale costs, the 5.5 % of temporary importation.