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La Femme aux figues [Woman with Figs]

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La Femme aux figues [Woman with Figs]

1894-1895
19th century
44.2 cm x 61 cm (17 3/8 in. x 24 in.)

Paul Gauguin (Paris, France, 1848 - 1903, Atuona, French Polynesia) Primary
Paul Gauguin and Armand Séguin (Paris, 1848 - 1903, Atuona (French Polynesia)) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Etching printed in green with wiped tone
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation and Tom Rassieur, 1996
Accession Number: 1996.152

Better known for his woodcuts, Gauguin produced precious few etchings. This sheet, in fact, had once been attributed to fellow symbolist Armand Séguin. Gauguin's interests lay in the primitive and his approach to the medium is deliberately coarse to reflect those interests. Broadly cut, strongly bitten and awkwardly composed, Gauguin comments on the decadence of modern society, the fig a symbol of over indulgence and corruption.

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