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Paul Gauguin Two Tahitian Women With Mango Blossoms

Dear John, I've downloaded Paul Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women With Mango Blossoms after checking your copyright.

I have a print of this work about 10 years old and after the Tate Gallery exhibition, I've discovered the colors on my print are not correct with the woman on the right wearing a green sarong, not blue, and the sarong on the woman on the left has a brown fabric instead of dark blue. Many printers such as Allposters still manufacture prints with the wrong colors.

I found one printer Art.com that has the blue sarong but the dark blue may not be correct, I have asked them for clarification.

I understand that a camera can copy the color of oil paints but sometimes printing technology is limited and replication is difficult.

I sincerely thank you for posting this photo, it shows the real Gauguin colors that are missing in 'fakes'.

Regards,
Albert Devivo, Brisbane, Australia

Albert
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 22:13:57

Colour correctness in photography is a very complicated issue. I certainly wouldn't guarantee my rendering is "correct". I used 400 speed print film which allows quite a bit of interpretation when it comes to colour. (Slide film by comparison has a much tigher rendering of colour). Looking at the image now, I suspect my print is a little heavy on green (too little magenta).

I can image two different reasons why your print is wrong - it's possible that the original photo was sloppy (for instance the photographer used daylight balanced film and non-daylight lighting) or that the negative they printed from had aged badly. Digital workflows and digital cameras have made people much more sensitive to these issues - in the 90s these kinds of errors were common and people just didn't seem sensitive to it.

John Harvey
Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 21:43:04


Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2000
Film: Kodak Royal Gold 400 (print)
Tag: art
Larger image: 1334 x 2000
Raw image: 2636 x 3952

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