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Description of Paul Gauguin's painting “Where did we come from?” Who are we? Where are we going?"

Description of Paul Gauguin's painting “Where did we come from?” Who are we? Where are we going?


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In 1891, Gauguin decided to go to Tahiti, since spiritually he was closer to society whiter than spiritual and simpler than his French environment. There he began to paint this picture several years later (1897), and finished in 1898. According to the artist himself, this work had an elevated culmination of his own thoughts.

In 1898, Gauguin redirected his work to George de Monfreyd in Paris. This painting was later resold to many other European merchants and collectors until it was acquired by the Mary Harriman Gallery in New York in one thousand nine hundred and thirty-six. Later, it was bought by the Boston Museum of Art.

Gauguin had thoughts of suicide after he finished work on this picture. He emphasized that the picture should be read from right to left, as the main groups of figures give a complete illustration of the questions posed in the title.

Three girls with a child tell us about the beginning of life; the middle group tells us about the daily existence of maturity; the final group, or rather the old woman, moving closer to death, at first glance may seem reconciled and surrendered to her thoughts, and at her feet a white bird is depicted, which is presented in the form of useless words.

The pictured blue idol in the rear view most likely tells the story of the other world. Regarding the completeness of the picture, he stated the following: “I have a belief that this canvas has superiority not only over all my previous ones, but also that I can never create a better or similar work”

The painting rightfully managed to earn the status of a key and innovative work of Gauguin's post-prissionist style; his art is inherent in the clear use of paints and thick strokes, while at the same time striving to convey the presence of emotional or expressionist power.





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