Paul Gauguin: Jeune Tahitienne, c.1890-93
March 30 2011, source: Sotheby's / theartwolf.com
Coinciding with the excellent exhibition "Gauguin: Maker of Myth" at the National Gallery of Washington, Sotheby's is offering for sale one of the most important works by Gauguin to come to the market in recent years: 'Jeune tahitienne', one of the finest sculptures by the artist still in private hands, a work that has not been seen by the public in 50 years.
Gauguin travelled to Tahiti searching an artistic redemption, a comeback to the primitive and the exotic that could help him to find a way in which his Art could be purified. According to the press note published by Sotheby's, "this serene young woman captures the mystery, allure and exoticism of the South Pacific", adding that "the coral and shells of the delicate necklaces were collected and strung by the artist himself–who personally considered his sculptures to be his greatest artistic achievement".
The tamanu wood sculpture will be one of the stars of Sotheby's auction of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 3 2011, and it carries a pre-sale estimate of $10-15 million. Prior to the sale, the work will be exhibited in Hong Kong, London and New York