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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.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)





traced monotype printed in black ink on blue-ruled notebook paper, laid down horizontally on album page; white bodycolour at all corners & centre of edges to conceal brown stains caused by adhesive on the verso


H 20.7 x W 29 cm

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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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