French (1848-1903)

Le Calvaire Breton, 1898-99

Kornfeld 50D. Woodcut printed in brown ink on japan paper. Edition of 25 published by Leicester Galleries, London, 1928, for Pola Gauguin. Inscribed in pencil “Paul Gauguin fait”, “Pola Gauguin imp” and “No 24/25”.

6 ½ x 10 inches  |  16.5  x  25.4 cm

Provenance: R.E. Lewis; William and Patricia Bates, New Mexico

During his visits to Tahiti in the 1890s, Gauguin frequently created images based on Western religion or mythology, even though the subjects were placed within a Tahitian context. The cutting of the block reflects his interest in Polynesian reliefs from which he made rubbings.