Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), Martinique, 1887
oil on canvas,
86 cm x 116 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
On the unspoilt Caribbean island of Martinique, Paul Gauguin found what he lacked in Paris. Far away from the decadent Western world, he led an honest and simple life. He particularly admired the graceful Creole islanders – the subject of this and many other paintings.
After returning to France, he sold the painting to Vincent’s brother, Theo van Gogh, for no less than 400 francs. Vincent later described the way Gauguin painted the women as ‘high poetry’.