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The Quebecois artist, Grasset de Saint-Sauveur, never saw the indigenous people he romantically envisioned in his prints. He based his images on well-known travel accounts and his vivid imagination. This Māori wears a Roman style wrap and striped cummerbund with an elaborate feather headdress put to one side. He appears to live in an igloo-like brick dwelling quite unlike the reality of a Māori whare made of carved wood with a roof thatched with raupo (reed) or nikau fronds.
- Sauvage de la Nouvelle Zelande [Savage Man of New Zealand]
- Production date
- etching, aquatint and watercolour
- 232 x 169 mm
- signed in image, LR, 'J. Laroque Sculp.'. insc. in image, LL, 'J. Grasset St. Sauveur inv. dir enc.'. insc. LL-LR 'Sauvage de la nouvelle Zéelande'.
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1998
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- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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