Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Manao Tupapau (The Spirit Watches over Her)

Manao Tupapau (The Spirit Watches over Her)

Paul Gauguin, French, 1848 - 1903

Made in France, Europe


Woodcut printed in black ink and color monotype, with touches of watercolor (hand coloring)

Sheet: 9 1/2 x 18 3/16 inches (24.1 x 46.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund, 1950

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Manao tupapau is Gauguin's grandest and largest woodcut. By carefully leaving both ends of the block uninked, Gauguin calls attention to the ragged edges of the sheet of paper and gives this rare proof a fragmentary look, as if it were a still-potent relic of some forgotten age.