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In 1891 Paul Gauguin traveled to Tahiti, seeking a more authentic style of art making than the conservatism he rejected in Western culture. After returning to Paris in 1893, he began working on <em>Noa Noa,</em> an illustrated book that explained and illustrated his experiences abroad. Although the project was never completed, this print is one of its illustrations. Gauguin depicted a lush landscape by chiseling roughly into a woodblock, a technique meant to suggest relief sculpture he viewed in Tahiti. This style is emphasized by the irregularly applied ink of <em>Maruru</em>—one of only a few impressions Gauguin printed himself.

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  • Title: Maruru (Offerings of Gratitude)
  • Creator: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)
  • Date Created: 1893–94
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 20.6 x 36 cm (8 1/8 x 14 3/16 in.); Image: 20.3 x 35.5 cm (8 x 14 in.)
  • Provenance: (Maurice Gobin, Paris, sold to the Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH), Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1925.987
  • Medium: woodcut on pink paper
  • State of work: I/II
  • Series: Noa Noa
  • Fun Fact: The majority of prints from <em>Noa Noa</em> were printed by the master printer Louis Roy or, later, by Paul Gauguin's son Pola, making this impression particularly rare.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland
  • Collection: PR - Woodcut
  • Accession Number: 1925.987

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