Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), Tahiti, 1892
oil on canvas,
43.5 cm x 31.4 cm
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.