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Vase in the Form of a Tropical Plant with Bird and Deity

A work made of stoneware painted with slip and gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stoneware painted with slip and gold.

Date:

1887/88

Artist:

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848–1903

About this artwork

In I886 Paul Gauguin was invited to design artistic pottery with the well-known ceramist Ernest Chaplet. Rather than simply decorating premade vessels, Gauguin chose to model his own unconventional forms by hand, jokingly calling them his “monstrosities.” Here the wide lip and distinctive shoulder of the vase echo the shape of the tall plant on its surface, while the protruding leaves on its sides suggest handles yet have no utilitarian function. Gauguin decorated this vase with a mix of motifs, including a goose drawn from the artist’s paintings of Brittany and a Cambodian deity copied from a photograph of a sculpture near Angkor Wat.

Status

On View, Gallery 241

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Gauguin

Title

Vase in the Form of a Tropical Plant with Bird and Deity

Date

1887–1888

Medium

Stoneware painted with slip and gold

Inscriptions

Signed: PGo 60

Dimensions

21.5 × 17 × 12 cm (8 1/2 × 6 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior purchase of the Estate of Suzette Morton Davidson, Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment, Dellora A. Norris Funds

Reference Number

2011.306

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