Paul Gauguin, Haere Mai, 1891
Paul Gauguin, The Yellow Haystack, 1889
Paul Gauguin, Woman with Mango, 1893
NUDE OF THE WEEK: Paul Gauguin, The Spirit of the Dead Watching (Manao tupapau), 1892
In The Spirit of the Dead Watching, Gauguin presents us with a rather controversial composition; a nude Tahitian girl lies on her stomach on a bed, peeking over her shoulder towards us, the viewer. Behind the bed is a cloaked, ghostlike figure, who watches out over the scene with an emotionless stare. The title seems to indicate that the figure represents a deathly spirit, always present and always watching.
Paul Gauguin, 1892, Piti Tiena
Paul Gauguin, 1891, The Meal
From the Musee d’Orsay:
Gauguin painted The Meal in the first months after his arrival in Tahiti. Despite his desire to paint life on the island, his first canvases are contrived. This is not a real meal, but a scene arranged in two separate registers: in the foreground a still life justifying the title of the painting, and in the background, two boys and a girl sitting in a row.The proportions of the still life are astonishing. The hand of bananas, called fei in Tahitian, takes up nearly a quarter of the composition with the enormous fruit bordering on vermilion and the purple shadow cast on the tablecloth. The carved wooden bowl holding coconut milk, but traditionally used for fish, is also an impressive size. To complete his composition and add splashes of colour, Gauguin has included a European faience bowl, a calabash serving as a jug, fruit, a partly-eaten guava and some oranges. A knife placed at an angle indicates depth. The white cloth, with its neat folds, is also a reminder of compositions by Cézanne or Manet.
Paul Gauguin, 1894, Brittany Landscape: The David Mill
Paul Gauguin, 1887, Martinique Landscape
Paul Gauguin, 1888, Landscape Near Arles
ART TIMELINE: 1896
Whispering Noon by Sir Lawrence-Alma-Tadema, 1896: Academicism, classical antiquity
A Vase of Flowers by Paul Gauguin, 1896: post-Impressionism
The Wave by William Adolphe-Bouguereau, 1896: realism, classicism
Happy Birthday Paul Gauguin: 7th June 1848
In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse by Paul Gauguin, 1891
The Swineherd, Brittany by Paul Gauguin, 1888
The Spirit of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892. This was painted during Gauguin’s infamous visit to the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia and depicts his 14 year old wife Tehura, one of the many prepubescent girls who supposedly endured sexual relations with Gauguin during his time there. The ‘spirit’ being referenced is represented by the cloaked figure in the left of the background, but also through the spiritual, phosphorescent lighting.