Paul Gauguin - Oviri. Sauvage 1894

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Paul Gauguin - Oviri. Sauvage 1894

Oviri. Sauvage 1894
75cm terre cuite, rehauts peints
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
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In a letter to Daniel Monfreid, Gauguin wrote that he would like to have the sculpture for his garden and eventually placed over his grave, the sculpture having failed to sell. There are only three other surviving remarks from him on the sculpture: on an 1895 presentation mount of two impressions of a woodcut of the Oviri figure he made to Stéphane Mallarmé where he called the figure a strange and cruel enigma, in an 1897 letter to Vollard where he referred to it as La Tueuse, and in a probably 1899 drawing of the figure where he appends an inscription referencing Honoré de Balzac's novel Séraphîta.