Les Drames de la mer, Bretagne (Dramas of the Sea - Brittany)

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)

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  • Gauguin’s image of women praying for the safe return of their fishermen from the treacherous Atlantic seas addresses one of the prime fears of Breton life.
  • The print’s unusual shape, a shorter variant of the fan format popular with Asian and European artists, intensifies the drama of the raging sea. The two mounds are piles of seaweed, used by the Bretons as fertilizer.
  • The ink washes run the gamut of tonal range, from the soft gray of the cliffs to the inky black at the water’s edge.

Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, by 1986;{1}given to Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1998.

{1}This print was included in the exhibition and catalogue prepared by Caroline Boyle-Turner in collaboration with Samuel Josefowitz, The Prints of the Pont-Aven School: Gauguin and his Circle in Brittany, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, D.C., 1986, cat. no. G.4 (ill.)

Object Information

artist
Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)
creation date
1889
materials
ink on paper, zincograph
dimensions
6-5/8 x 8-7/8 in. (image)
12 x 17-3/4 in. (sheet)
series
Dessins Lithographiques
accession number
1998.194
credit line
Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
deaccessioned on
12.17.2009
reason
Duplicate/Redundant
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