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Paul Gauguin (1848–1903)
Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen), 1896–97
Watercolor, with pen and black ink, over black chalk
6 15/16 x 9 1/4 inches (176 x 235 mm)
Initialed by the artist at lower left, in black crayon, pg; inscribed at lower center, TE ARII VAHINE
Thaw Collection; 2006.55
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This watercolor was executed by Gauguin after his 1896 canvas Te arii vahine, one of his first works after returning permanently to Tahiti. He characterized the painting as "much better than anything I’ve done previously." The colors used in this replica are different from those in the painting; they establish the watercolor as an independent drawing in which the artist continued to explore color harmonies.

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