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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Etude pour I raro te oviri

Details
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Etude pour I raro te oviri
watercolor and pen and black ink on paper
3 ½ x 4 ½ in. (9 x 11.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1891
Provenance
Ward and Frances Cheney, Lattingtown, New York (circa 1940).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
Literature
J. Rewald, Gauguin, Drawings, New York, 1958, p. 33, no. 71 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Gauguin, April-May 1956, p. 20, no. 61.

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Lot Essay

This work will be included in the forthcoming Paul Gauguin catalogue critique, currently being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Institute.

This drawing is a study for the dog in Gauguin's 1891 painting I raro te oviri in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (fig. 1). It was originally part of a portfolio of studies which the artist had labeled Documents Tahiti - 1891, 1892, 1893. In the finished painting, the animal has assumed a nearly identical posture to that of the study, and is similarly set against a purple background.

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