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Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903.
e Artist : painter
Tahitian Women (On the Beach) (detail.
b 69 x 91 cm.
c Oil on canvas.
Design Date: 1891 (signed & dated)
Gauguin's art has all the appearance of a flight from civilisation, of a search for new ways of life, more primitive, more real and more sincere. His break away from a solid middle-class world, abandoning family, children and job, his refusal to accept easy glory and easy gain are the best-known aspects of Gauguin's fascinating life and personality. This picture, also known as Two women on the beach, was painted in 1891, shortly after Gauguin's arrival in Tahiti. During his first stay there (he was to leave in 1893, only to return in 1895 and remain until his death), Gauguin discovered primitive art, with its flat forms and the violent colors belonging to an untamed nature.
Style: French Post-Impressionist.
Musee d'Orsay. ID=FPO
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Closeup; woman in purple