Human Misery

Print on yellow paper showing busts of a male and a female figure, near a tree

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) 
Human Misery, from the Volpini Suite, 1889
Zincograph printed in reddish-brown ink with borderlines in graphite on yellow wove paper
Sheet: 17 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (43.9 x 53.9 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962.61

The sorrowful woman, head in hands, and the male figure with his brow clouded by shadow call to mind the fallen Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge behind them. 

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