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.

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  • Title: Nave Nave Fenua (Fragrant Isle)
  • Creator: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)
  • Date Created: 1893–94
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 38.5 x 22.8 cm (15 3/16 x 9 in.); Platemark: 35.7 x 20.5 cm (14 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
  • Provenance: 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/1933.444
  • Medium: color woodcut
  • Series: Noa Noa
  • Fun Fact: Paul Gauguin printed the woodblocks for <em>Noa Noa</em> using a variety of inks and papers.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland
  • Collection: PR - Woodcut
  • Accession Number: 1933.444

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