(b. 1848, Paris, d. 1903, Atuona, Hiva Oa, French Polynesia)

Her Name is Vairaumati (Vairaumati tei oa)

Oil on canvas, 91 x 68 cm
Pushkin Museum, Moscow

This scene is taken from Polynesian mythology. The supreme god Oro fell in love with the beautiful Vairaumati and chose her to be the female progenitor of the people. In the picture, the smoking exotic beauty Vairaumati is waiting for her lover who is present in the form of a stone idol in the background.

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