An image of Woman gathering fruit and the savage

Paul Gauguin

(France 07 Jun 1848 – 08 May 1903)

Woman gathering fruit and the savage

Other titles:
Woman picking fruit and the savage
Not on display
Further information

'Oviri', a ceramic stoneware sculpture by Paul Gauguin, probably made in France in 1894-1895, has the same title as a woodcut of the same period. 'Oviri' (the savage) is a term Gauguin used to refer to himself. On his second visit to Tahiti, Gauguin took the block for the woodcut. The print is a combination of that block and another, a composition of woman and fruit. The elements refer to the original sin - Eve picking the apple from the tree of knowledge - but with Gauguin these carry a broader association with fertility. Gauguin played a major role in the revival of the art of the woodcut. The print was once owned by a friend of Gauguin, Georges Daniel de Monfreid. All impressions from this block are on thin 'japon' paper and were made by Gauguin himself.

AGNSW Handbook, 1994

circa 1893
10.5 x 8.9 cm image; 18.2 x 14.6 cm sheet (irreg)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1981
Accession number