Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)
Oil on fabric, Framed: 92.4 x 112.7 x 6.4 cm (36 3/8 x 44 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 74 x 92.8 cm (29 1/8 x 36 9/16 in.). Gift of Barbara Ginn Griesinger 1975.263
Disgusted with the materialism of European society, Gauguin abandoned his family and career as a stockbroker and departed for Tahiti in 1891. This canvas is among the first paintings he completed on the island. Its rich colors and stylized figures were intended to be both symbolic and mysterious, evoking private thoughts and emotions. “I obtain symphonies,” he wrote, “harmonies that represent nothing real in the absolute sense of the word.”
Gift of Barbara Ginn Griesinger 1975.263
Paintings from El Greco and Rembrandt to Cézanne and Matisse. Reinhardt Galleries, New York, NY (1927).French Art since 1800. Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1929).A Loan Exhibition of Paul Gauguin. Wildenstein Gallery, New York, NY (1946).
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