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Avant et après

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An autograph manuscript for Gauguin’s last literary work, 'Avant et après', made in Atuana, Marquesas Islands, during January–February 1903. The object is a handwritten hardcover notebook. 'Avant et après' is the last major manuscript by Paul Gauguin. Part-memoir and part-manifesto, the 213-page manuscript reveals important insights into Gauguin’s life, relationships and thoughts, and includes numerous drawings and prints by the artist.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

London


Date

1903

Medium

pen & black ink on wove paper

Measurements

H 29 x W 20.7 cm

Accession number

MS.2020.XX.1.123

Acquisition method

accepted in lieu of Estate Duty by HM Government and allocated to The Courtauld, 2020

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London WC2R 0RN England

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