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  • Pastorales Tahitiennes

    Artist:
    Gauguin, Paul. 1848-1903
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    87,5x113,7 cm

Gauguin, Paul. 1848-1903

Pastorales Tahitiennes

France, 1892

Gauguin intially spent two years in Tahiti (1891-1893), before returning in 1895. This work was painted during that first stay and it captures the idyll of the natural primitive life which Gauguin sought when he set off for Polynesia. He combined this romantic dream with his vivid impressions of the exotic landscape and wildlife, the unusual appearance of the islanders and their natural grace, their mysterious beliefs and rituals. One of the Tahitian girls is playing a flute: the Tahitians devoted flute music to the goddess of the Moon. It is evening, when the sun sets and the times of ritual dances and music in honour of the goddess begin. Beside the dog is what is probably a vessel for sacrifices of small birds and such like, carved out of a pumpkin. The painting is made up of a combination of pure colours, a rhythmic arrangement of lines and broad areas of colour, which is in harmony with the musical theme.

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Pastorales Tahitiennes

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oil

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87,5x113,7 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1948; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Ivan Morozov collection

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ГЭ-9119

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