Paul GauguinManao Tupapau. Elle Pense au Revenant. Watched by the Spirits of the Dead. 1894.

Original lithograph in black ink. March 1894. Signed in full in ink. Inscribed in ink by Gauguin as 'Ep 6' - impression no 6. From the edition of 100 impressions. Drawn by Gauguin for the series: L'Estampe Originale. Issued by André Marty, Paris 1894. With the special blindstamp for L'Estampe Originale lower left sheet corner. Note: This version of Gauguin's theme of 'Manao Tupapau' inspired by his first visit to Tahiti, from where he had returned to Paris in 1893, is his only work in the medium of lithography on stone. His other 'lithographic' works, around 1889, were in fact 'zincographs' i.e. drawn on zinc plate. When he returned from Tahiti in 1893 he was encouraged by the new artistic enthusiasm for true lithography to work direct on stone and to exploit the unique tonal qualities of that medium, as a contrast to the primitivism of his woodcut works. This version of 'Watched by the Spirits of the Dead' is recognised as one of Gauguin's very greatest print images. It is also virtually the only print work which he fully signed. Provenance: Von Tremmel Collection, Germany. (probably c. 1930). Tremmel Collection Sale, c.2002. Collection: Joe R. and Terry Long Collection, USA Ref: Kornfeld-Mongan-Joachim - Gauguin Prints no 23 Superb richly contrasted impression. Pale cream smooth wove paper. Original unrestored condition. Excellent surface and tenant_id=1868; very slightest discoloration of the outer sheet edges. Never pressed (outer sheet edges folded back for old framing but not trimmed). Full sheet: 418 x 595mm. Image: 180x271mm