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Title

Woman gathering fruit, and Oviri


Artist

Paul Gauguin

France

07 Jun 1848 - 08 May 1903


About

'Oviri', a ceramic stoneware sculpture by Paul Gauguin, probably made in France in 1894-1895, has the same title as a woodcut of the same period. 'Oviri' (the savage) is a term Gauguin used to refer to himself. On his second visit to Tahiti, Gauguin took the block for the woodcut. The print is a combination of that block and another, a composition of woman and fruit. The elements refer to the original sin - Eve picking the apple from the tree of knowledge - but with Gauguin these carry a broader association with fertility. Gauguin played a major role in the revival of the art of the woodcut. The print was once owned by a friend of Gauguin, Georges Daniel de Monfreid. All impressions from this block are on thin 'japon' paper and were made by Gauguin himself.

AGNSW Handbook, 1994


Details


Alternative title

Femme cueillant des fruits et Oviri


Date

circa 1893


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Edition

Guerin 49, one of six proofs known.


Dimensions

18.2 x 14.6 cm sheet (irreg)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

132.1981


Artist information

Paul Gauguin

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 195

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 140 (colour illus.).

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 8. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994. no catalogue numbers

Terence Maloon, Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Sydney, 2010, 149 (illus.).