Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), Tahiti, 1892
oil on canvas,
43.5 cm x 31.4 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
In this small Tahitian landscape, Gauguin plays with shapes and colours. For example, he has given the washing that fans out into the river clear-cut forms that turn it into almost abstract colour planes.
Gauguin’s first visit to Tahiti lasted about two and a half years and made a great impression. Back in Paris, he gave himself bohemian airs. He decorated his home with exotic objects and held a weekly salon at which he performed Polynesian dances for his guests.