Tahitian Faces (Frontal View and Profiles)

Paul Gauguin French

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Gauguin made this powerful drawing during his second trip to Tahiti. Among the most impressive of Gauguin’s surviving drawings, it is likely a preparatory study for the figure on the left in his 1899 painting Two Tahitian Women (49.58.1). The drawing has a strong sculptural effect due to both the masklike appearance of the blank eye sockets and the artist’s use of the stumping technique, in which he smudged the charcoal contour lines to model the head.

Tahitian Faces (Frontal View and Profiles), Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands), Charcoal on laid paper

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