The first work, Manao Tupapau (She Thinks of the Spirit or The Spirit Watches Over Her, 73 x 92 cm), is a painting in oil on canvas. Painted in late 1892, it is the first work by Gauguin or any other artist to disclose a truly perceptive understanding of the Tahitian belief in the supernatural world. Spirit of the Dead Watching (Manao tupapau) is an 1892 oil on burlap canvas painting by Paul Gauguin, depicting a naked Tahitian girl lying on her stomach. An old woman is seated behind her.
An old woman is seated behind her. Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch) (1892) Artwork description& Analysis: One of Gauguin's most famous works, Manao Tupapau is an excellent example of how Gauguin relished combining the ordinary with suggestions of the extraordinary in a single canvas, thus leaving all final interpretation open to debate. Artwork description& Analysis: Just prior to Gauguin's departure for Arles in late 1888, Gauguin and the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh sent each other examples of their respective work, including a number of selfportraits.
This composition by Gauguin was included among the exchanges. Gauguins Manao tupapau (She Thinks of the Ghost or The Ghost Thinks of Her) ( ) with annotations identifying the pigments and the organic media, the areas selected for analysis, and the scientific methods used in their identification. The Art Institute of Chicago, 1954. 7. Gauguin Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphic Works at the Art Institute of Chicago Gauguin, Cat. 60. 2, Manao tupapau (She Thinks of the Ghost or The Ghost Thinks of Her), from the Noa Noa Suite (1948.
256) Read and learn for free about the following article: Gauguin, Spirit of the Dead Watching If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website. If you're behind a web filter, please make sure that the domains. kastatic. org and. kasandbox. org are unblocked. This painting, framed, appears again, in the background of Gauguin's" Selfportrait with Hat" suggesting its significance to him.
The Manao tupapau is seen in reverse, indicating that the artist is looking at himself in a mirror.