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  • Scene from Tahitian Life

    Artist:
    Gauguin, Paul. 1848-1903
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    89x124 cm

Gauguin, Paul. 1848-1903

Scene from Tahitian Life

France, 1896

After a short period in Paris, in 1895 Gauguin returned to Tahiti, where he had first lived from 1891 to 1893. In this painting of 1896 the artist took an unknown episode from the life of the islanders and filled it with mystery. Perhaps the participants were following some religious ritual taking place beyond the boundaries of the painting. Certainly, it is evening, the time for holy rituals. The artist studied the ancient culture of the Tahitians, and by the time of this second stay in Polynesia he was well enough informed to include increasing numbers of symbols in his work. The poses of some of the figures recall figures from the frieze of the Parthenon, for in recognising the common elements of ancient cultures, the artist also turned to Egyptian and Antique models. Gauguin created this image of the primitive, natural life in his own individual style, which was marked by generalised areas of resonant colour, flat space and the rhythmic repetition of lines, which combine to create a marvellous decorative effect.

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Scene from Tahitian Life

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oil

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89x124 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1930; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Sergei Shchukin collection

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ГЭ-6517

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