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Paul Gauguin, French, 1848-1903
Two Marquesans, c. 1902
graphite and crayon
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection, 1964.8.1797.a

View: drawing | monotype

It appears from Gauguin's own description that he began the monotype on the reverse of this sheet by making the drawing seen here. He applied printer's ink or watercolor to a second sheet and laid his drawing on top of it face up. He then traced over the drawing so the pressure of his instruments caused the pigment on the underlying sheet to transfer to the reverse of the drawing.

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