The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch
Gauguin gives plastic form to the spirit of the Maori dead. The Tahitians believed that the Tupapau wandered among the living and could be encountered, especially at night. Gauguin's Tupapau takes on the appearance of an elderly woman evoking the figure of the ancestor, wrapped in a cape. It introduces a disturbing and unreal dimension into the world of the living.
Original artwork details
Current location: Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Original size: 28.5 x 36.4 in (72.4 x 92.4 cm)
Date created: 1892
Art movement: Impressionism
Painting and Framing
Our Painting Process
All our art reproductions are hand-painted by our master copyists. As part of their academic background, they have studied the techniques of old masters and will faithfully reproduce each artwork.
We use the best oil paints (Winsor & Newton or Grumbacher). All our canvases are made of 100% cotton, and have been double-coated with acid-free sizing and gesso primer.
Stretching & Framing
Ready to hang
Our stretcher frames are built using premium-quality kiln-dried wood to ensure a solid & sturdy foundation. Our canvas stretchings are done by hand, utilizing the same traditional method employed by artists for hundreds of years. We're committed to providing gallery wraps fastened without tapes, glues, or any other chemicals, thus helping to preserve your artwork well into the future.
Unframed rolled canvas orders will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it locally.
We will share photographs of the complete work and request your feedback. Any requested revisions can be added.
Once the painting has met your satisfaction, we will ask you to do a final approval.
We will stretch (if you opt for stretching), pack, and deliver the art to you in 3 to 10 days.
Shipping and Returns
Each artwork is painted to order just for you in the size of your choice. That means we are unable to accept returns or exchanges. We can also not make any changes or cancellations to orders after 48 hours.
If your new artwork arrives in anything other than perfect condition for any reason, please let us know, and we will repair or replace the piece!
Due to extremely high demand each piece can take between 2 to 6 weeks to paint, frame and ship. You'll receive a FedEx tracking number from us as soon as it's in the mail so you can keep an eye on things.