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Sale 2375 Lot 151
Mahna no Varua Ino.
Woodcut printed on cream wove paper, 1893-94. 202x352 mm; 8x14 inches, full margins. Fourth state (of 4). An early lifetime proof in this state, printed before the Pola Gauguin edition of 100 published in 1921. Ex-collection Vollard, Paris; and Henri M. Petiet, Paris, with the ink stamp verso (see Lugt 2021a).
This impression cited in the Kornfeld catalogue raisonné. A superb, richly-inked, dark and evenly-printed lifetime impression of this very scarce proof.
Aside from early proofs like this printed in black, and the color impressions printed by Gauguin himself, Kornfeld notes two impressions of other Noa Noa subjects printed before 1904 by Tony or Jacques Beltrand for Eugène Druet (Kornfeld 20 and 22). According to Kornfeld, Eugène Druet acquired 8 of the Noa Noa wood blocks sometime around 1914-18 and had Beltrand print impressions. In 1921, Druet sold the wood blocks to the artist's son, Pola Gauguin, and he prodcued the edition of 100 impressions of each. The Pola Gauguin printings, as well as many of the Beltrand impressions, are evidenced by the splits in the blocks (which are particularly noticeable in the 1921 impressions).
The current impression predates these Beltrand and Pola Gauguin impressions and was printed by the artist in Paris during the winter 1893-94. Kornfeld 19 IV A.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $21,250