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Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903.
e Artist : painter
L'Appel (The Call)
b 130.2 x 90.2 cm.
Oil on canvas.
Design Date: 1902 (dated)
There are many theories about the meaning of L'Appel. Some believe the call refers to the Christian idea of the call to follow the path to salvation. Or perhaps the beckoning figure is a temptress calling to her lover. A third theory suggests that the half-nude woman represents death calling to Gauguin himself. The couple in the foreground appear in several of Gauguin's paintings and sculptures, and he described them as two figures who are reflecting on their life experiences. The purple in the hood worn by one of them was a symbolic color for Gauguin and appears in many of his works. In Tahiti, purple referred to purpura, a disease in which the skin appears purple because of hemorrhaging beneath.
Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
Style: French Post-Impressionist.
Cleveland Museum of Art. ID=UOC
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)