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

Nava Nave Moe (Sacred Spring or Sweet Dreams)

Oil on canvas, 73 x 98 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Returning to Paris from Tahiti Gauguin continued to depicts subjects from the South Seas, he painted his reminiscences of Tahiti.

In this painting everything speaks of eternity: the majestic poses of the heroines, the ancient idols, Eve and the apple, the Virgin Mary, and the simple Tahitian women all come together in a single space.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.