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Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches), c. 1892, (1946). Artist: Paul Gauguin

Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches), c. 1892, (1946). Artist: Paul Gauguin


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Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches), c. 1892, (1946). Artist: Paul Gauguin

Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches), c.1892, (1946). Print after a painting, Spirit of the Dead Watching (Manao tupapau), of Gauguins young Tahitian wife Teha amana lying naked. Gauguin said the title may refer to either the girl imagining the ghost, or the ghost imagining her. From The Etchings of the French Impressionists and Their Contemporaries, by Edward T. Chase. [The Hyperion Press, Paris, 1946]

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Caption: "Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches), c. 1892, is a captivating print by renowned French artist Paul Gauguin. Inspired by his young Tahitian wife Teha amana, the painting depicts her lying naked while being observed by a ghostly presence. Gauguin himself suggested that the title could be interpreted as either the girl imagining the ghost or vice versa. This monochrome etching, reproduced from Gauguin's original masterpiece Spirit of the Dead Watching (Manao tupapau), offers a glimpse into both his artistic genius and his fascination with Tahitian culture. The image captures not only beauty but also an underlying sense of mystery and spirituality. Gauguin's time in French Polynesia greatly influenced his work, as he sought to explore themes such as death, nature, and human connection through vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes. Manao Tupapau exemplifies his unique style within Impressionism during the late 19th century. This print serves as a testament to Gauguin's ability to convey complex emotions through art while shedding light on cultural practices in Tahiti during that era. It stands as a timeless representation of beauty intertwined with spiritual contemplation. "

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