Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Manao tupapau (The Spirit Watches Over Her)Made in France, Europe
Paul Gauguin, French, 1848 - 1903
Color monotype and woodcut, with touches of watercolor
Currently not on view
1950-129-16Purchased with the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund, 1950
LabelManao 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.