Woodblock in color on paper by Paul René Gauguin – Garden scene, 1960

Original limited edition fine art print by Paul René Gauguin. Garden scene dated 1960.

Woodblock on paper signed and dated in pencil by the artist on lower right and numbered in pencil on lower left. One of an edition of 35 signed, dated and numbered woodblocks.


Dimensions: 83.8 x 67.3 cm – 33 x 26.5 in

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Paul René GAUGUIN (1911-1976)

Paul René Gauguin born on the 27 of February 1911 and he died on the 14 of February 1976. He was a French painter, graphical artist, sculptor, book illustrator and scenographer.

He was born in Copenhagen, and was a son of Pola Gauguin, and grandson of Paul Gauguin. He is particularly known for his coloured woodcuts. Among his book illustrations are books by Inger Hagerup and he made stage designs for various theatres.

In Copenhagen, Paul was an innovator and he contributed to a typical form of Norwegian art, that later got its name as the school of Norwegian color woodcuts.

In 1924, he migrated to Provence, later to Rouen, where in 1930, he participated for the entrance exam for the Norwegian Lycée Pierre Corneille.

He first learned to make wood-cuts from 1930 to 1935, while on fishing trips to Mallorca and Ibiza, and made his debut in wood-cut art at the Autumn Exhibition of 1936.

In 1938, while working as a journalist for Dagbladet he continued working on his wood cut creations in Spain.

In the post-World War II period his work, like the The Mask, in 1948 made a mark as a protest against NATO. After and participating several exhibitions, he did the illustration for Inger Hagerup’s Strange in 1950.

In 1955 in Greece, Paul René Gauguin worked with enamel, iron sculptures and scrap iron.

In his career span, from 1939 to 1945, he created theatrical motifs and decorations for Young Trøndelag Theater and in 1951, for National Theater. Apart from theaters, his realized decoration works along with his co-artist, Knut Rumohr, for the Olympic Building, Hotel Viking, and the coastal steamer, MS North Star.

After his death in 1976, his first solo exhibition was hosted by his third wife, Martha Poulsen, in 1981, when 107 objets d’art were displayed at the National Museum.

His works were inspired by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Braque. As Grandson of the renowned French Impressionist, Paul Gauguin, he had a good clientele of English, French, Russian, Italian and Catalan collectors.

But although his personal fame, he will and was always embarrassed all his life by the fame of his family name. He died in 1976 in Malaga.

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