Southern paradise / 南方楽園

September 29, 2010

1968France010

21 September 1968, France
‘Arearea’ by Paul GauguinArearea‘ (1892)
engrave: Durrens

A retrospective of Paul Gauguin is starting tomorrow at Tate Modern in London.  In relation to this, there are TV and radio programs, talking about this artist’s life – it seems a lot of people think he was immoral.  Perhaps we have to see his works, to judge if he was a bit out of the way or was lucky to have a different approach to others of that time.

The title of this picture ‘Arearea’ means joyousness in Polynesian language. Interpretation of the original by engraver is very interesting – it was a challenge within limited printing colours as well, and it is done really well.

明日からロンドンのテート・モダン美術館ポール・ゴーギャン展が始まります。関連して「妻子を捨て、南の島で少女を追いかけていた画家」とされるゴーギャンの生涯は本当にそうだったのか?と問う番組がテレビとラジオで放映され、これは展覧会を観に行かねば、と思いました。

この切手は1892年にタヒチで描かれた『アレアレア(楽しい時)』という題の油絵を、デリケートな凹版印刷と色の組み合せで復刻させた美しい切手です。原画はオルセー美術館収蔵。

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