Fragrance (Noa Noa), from Fragrance (Noa Noa), title block
Title block from the suite of ten woodcuts
Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands)
Woodblock (fruit wood) with traces of zinc white and ink
See Notes regarding wood identification.
13 7/8 x 8 x 7/8 in. (35.2 x 20.3 x 2.2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1937
Not on view
The Noa Noa woodcuts were seen for the first time by a coterie of Gauguin's friends and admirers at the artist's Paris studio exhibition in December 1894. Two art critics who attended, Julien Leclerq and Charles Morice, praised the crudely-carved woodcuts as a revolution in the art of printmaking and recognized them as a bridge between the seemingly disparate qualities of Gauguin's paintings and sculpture.
This woodblock for the title print of the suite serves as an extraordinary source of information about Gauguin's working methods as it reveals the hand of the artist in every gauged mark, incised line, and jagged hollow. The block consists of nine sections of fruit wood (probably pear) joined together and sprung along horizontal joinings.
Vendor: Harrington and Rutherford
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections," June 18, 2002–October 20, 2002.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Gauguin: Metamorphoses," March 8, 2014–June 8, 2014.
Mongan/Kornfeld 13; Guérin 17
Elizabeth Mongan, Eberhardt W. Kornfeld, Harold Joachim Paul Gauguin: Catalogue Raisonné of His Prints. Bern, Switzerland, 1988.
Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale, Marjorie Shelley The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, New York, 2002, cat. no. 71, pp. 98, 222, ill.
Starr Figura, Elizabeth C. Childs, Hal Foster, Erika Mosier Gauguin: Metamorphoses. Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 2014, pl. 22, pp. 94, 225, 245, ill.
Artist: Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands)Date: 1894Medium: Two inside covers decorated in watercolor and gouache over charcoal with graphite on heavy gray wove (blotting) paper sewn to leather; leather binding inscribed in pen and ink with additions in watercolor; multicolored silk ribbons stitched into binding.Accession: 2000.255On view in:Not on view