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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903

Noa Noa (Fragrance)

1893–94

Woodcut

image: 35.5 × 20.6 cm (14 × 8 1/8 in.) sheet: 42.3 × 26.8 cm (16 5/8 × 10 9/16 in.) framed: 65.1 × 54.9 × 2.5 cm (25 5/8 × 21 5/8 × 1 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.91
The etched Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé was the first print by Paul Gauguin acquired by Arthur Ross, but a zincograph and three woodcuts followed soon afterward. The zincograph—essentially a lithograph on zinc rather than on stone—is the artist’s remembrance of a trip to Martinique in 1887; two of the prints are from the famed Noa Noa series of ten woodcuts, which evoke Gauguin’s experience in the South Seas from 1891 to 1893. All of these reflect the completely different life Gauguin found far from the civilization of Europe.
Geography: 
Made in France
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 9, fig. 8.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.