Manao Tupapau

Print of a woman curled up and lying down

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) 
Manao Tupapau (Watched by the Spirits of the Dead), from Noa Noa, Spring/summer 1894
Woodcut printed in yellow, orange, and black on beige wove paper
Sheet: 9 13/16 x 15 ¾ in. (25 x 40 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1981.152

In this reinterpretation of one of his most famous paintings, Gauguin presents a nude in a pose that suggests both birth and death. Two spirits in the background at right watch over her ominously. 



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