Manao tupapau (The Spirit Watches Over Her)
Paul Gauguin, French, 1848 - 1903
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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.