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NOA NOA 'PG', in black, and orange font to blue cover, by Pallas Athene.

Noa Noa

By (author) Paul Gauguin
Edited by Jonathan Griffin


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  • One of the great classics of modern art: Gauguin's own account of his time in Tahiti, in its original version
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Gauguin’s great diary from Tahiti almost never saw the light of day in its original form. The manuscript was sent by the artist from his island refuge to his friend Charles Morice in Paris, and published in 1901 with immediate success, under the two names of Paul Gauguin and Charles Morice. Morice, with Gauguin’s permission, had ‘edited’ and enlarged it to make it more readable. How much of the charm and crispness of the manuscript had been lost in the process was anyone’s guess. It was to be 40 years before Gauguin’s original version came to light, and it is published here in a translation by the poet Jonathan Griffin, together with a detailed description by the art historian Jean Loize, who re-discovered the manuscript. Loize shows that Morice had in parts altered Gauguin’s text beyond recognition – a startling discovery that entirely changed ideas about Gauguin’s style and intentions. This genuine version of Noa Noa is not only an important document, it is also a beautiful piece of writing: amusing, acid, wide-eyed, moving. Gauguin feared that, unedited, it would seem absurdly crude; and no doubt it would have, to most readers in his day. Today we can appreciate its sketch form, jerky directness, authentic freshness. This edition is illustrated with the watercolours, wood-engravings and drawings that Gauguin assembled for the book.

Pallas Athene
13th Mar 2023
Paperback / softback
145 mm x 114 mm
96 Pages
31 color
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