Between Pont-Aven (in Brittany, where he first settled in 1886) and the South seas, Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903) sought to develop a radical synthetist and symbolist vision that would change the face of modern art.
Yet as the tormented "savage" he soon became an archetype of the malediction of creative genius.
His original woodcuts, which he carved (and often printed) himself, constitute a veritable revolution in the history of printmaking, foreshadowing the fauvist predilection for this means of expression, with no real prior equivalents.
Le Sourire (Titre)
Guérin 75, Mongan, Kornfeld, & Joachim 58
woodcut, 1899, an exceedingly rare first state impression, not described in the catalogues raisonnés
Gauguin founded his own journal in Tahiti, which he began publishing in 1899, this rare print a first state of the headpiece.