Tahitian Woman (1894) by Paul Gauguin

Tahitian Woman - Paul Gauguin - 1894

Artwork Information

TitleTahitian Woman
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Dimensions54.9 x 49.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationBrooklyn Museum, New York City, NY, US

About Tahitian Woman

The artwork entitled “Tahitian Woman” is a creation by the renowned artist Paul Gauguin, dating back to 1894. This portrait piece is constructed using charcoal, pastel on paper and measures 54.9 x 49.5 cm. Gauguin’s work is classified under the Post-Impressionism movement and is presently housed in the Brooklyn Museum, located in New York City, NY, US.

The portrait depicts a Tahitian woman in a half-length format against a colorful background. The artwork captures the serenity and contemplative expression of the subject. Gauguin’s use of vibrant and expressive colors, typical of his style during this period, evoke a sense of the tropical atmosphere and cultural richness of Tahiti. The loose and textured application of pastels creates a contrast between the subject and the abstracted background, featuring elements such as a hint of green foliage, which suggest the natural surroundings. The woman is adorned with a flower in her hair, adding an element of natural beauty and local custom. Gauguin’s post-impressionist approach emphasizes the emotional content and symbolic meaning over the realistic depiction of the scene.

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