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

Idyll in Tahiti

1901
Oil on canvas, 75 x 95 cm
Private collection

Gauguin's spell in the South Sea Islands corresponded to a search for a mythical Eden, in which he endeavoured to recover a sense of the holy that had been destroyed by the Western world, a primitive naivety dominated by the antitheses of life and death.




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