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

And the Gold of Their Bodies (Et l'or de leurs corps)

Oil on canvas, 67 x 76 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

In August 1901, Gauguin settled in the Marquesas Islands, in the remote village of Atuona, where he built his "House of Pleasure," decorated with his wood carvings and paintings. The lack of money and ill-health were made worse by a permanent conflict with the authorities, from the police to the bishop. In the midst of these worries that gradually weakened him, he painted his last masterpieces, And the Gold of Their Bodies, Barbarian Tales.

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