Specialist Tim Schmelcher recalls the moment he first handled this print by Paul Gauguin at the house of its owners: ‘I turned it round and realised it came from the collection of Edgar Degas.’
If his curiosity was piqued by seeing the stamp of the great Impressionist on the reverse, what the Prints and Multiples specialist found when he took the print out if its frame convinced him that he had discovered something truly special.
In this film, Schmelcher discusses the process that confirmed this monotype by Paul Gauguin — which was offered in our Prints & Multiples auction on 16 September 2015 at Christies’s London — is, in fact, a previously unrecorded work. As he says, ‘It’s very rare to come across something you’ve never seen before.’
Left: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Arearea no varua ino (Words of the Devil), 1894. Monotype printed with watercolour and gouache (?), with tracing lines in blue, on firm machine-made tan simili-Japan paper, printed to or close to the edges of the sheet, the paper slightly toned, in very good condition, framed. This work was offered in our Prints & Multiples auction on 16 September 2015 at Christie’s London and sold for £266,500. Right: What Schmelcher discovered: a revealing section of the print that this Gauguin monotype was printed on
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