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Zincograph on canary yellow wove paper
Guérin, Mongan, Kornfeld 7; Joachim 2 Ab
mm 197 x 297; sheet mm 320 x 496
Provenance: Collection mark on the verso, ‘two enlaced letters in a circle’ in black ink.
Signed on the zinc in lower left corner: ’89’ (in reverse) ‘Paul Gauguin’
Titled on the zinc beneath the borderline: ‘Les drames de la mer Bretagne’.
Fine impression, the paper colour is bright and fresh, a few small repaired holes on the upper margin, the tip of the lower left corner restored, otherwise in very good condition.
Very rare. We know only 19 impressions of the sheet in the first state.
From the ‘Suite Volpini, album de zincographies’ presented by the artist in the exhibition ‘Impressioniste et Synthétiste’ organized in the ‘Caffe Volpini’ in Champ-de-Mars in June, 1889.
The set consists of one cover: Leda and ten composition; it was the first artist’s activity in the prints field.
A rare impression from the first edition of approxymately 30-50 sheet, printed by E. Ancourt in black ink on canary yellow wove paper, published by the artist in 1889, made after drawings from Brittany (1886).
A later edition, in black on white Simili – paper, was published by Ambroise Vollard after 1900, the size of the edition is not known, probably 50 copies.
Related material: drawings from Brittany, 1886 and one oil ‘Vaches au Bord de la Mer’ 1886 (Wildenstein 206).