Lot 115: Noa Noa. 17 woodcuts after Paul Gauguin, engraved by George Daniel de Monfried for the publication of Noa Noa, Vojage de Tahiti manuscript.
October 27, 2016
Reston, VA, USALive Auction
Description: Noa Noa. 17 woodcuts after Paul Gauguin, engraved by George Daniel de Monfried for the publication of Noa Noa, Vojage de Tahiti manuscript. 17 essay proof woodcuts after Gaugin, printed on very thin and delicate handmade paper, each proof with different dimensions and type of paper. The woodcuts were engraved by Daniel de Monfreid from the original drawings of the travel Journey of Gauguin in Tahiti, between 1893 and 1894, as part of the Gauguin intention to publish the book of Noa Noa Vojage de Tahiti. After Gauguin death, the original manuscript, that contains text of symbolist poet Charles Morice, personal photographs, drawings, and watercolor, was recovered by Daniel de Monfreid, that tried to pursuing on publishing the book, but due to a legal controversy that least many ears, the book was not published until the 1924. George Cris, in Paris issued the manuscript with 24 woodcuts inspired by Gauguin s journey. The original manuscript is currently in the permeant collection of the Louvre. The 17 essay proof are part of the early publication project, they are inscribed with annotations in pencil, and are mounted in Sheets with overlapping matt. Images measure from 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 to 3 x 3 5/8.
Condition Report: Very Good condition. Due to the fragility of the paper, some of the proof are slightly creased, one of the proof has been restored. (Ref Guerin 16). Complete condition report on request as well extra pictures.
Artist or Maker: Paul Gauguin.