Tahitian Women Bathing (1892) by Paul Gauguin

Tahitian Women Bathing - Paul Gauguin - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleTahitian Women Bathing
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About Tahitian Women Bathing

The artwork entitled “Tahitian Women Bathing” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1892. It is a notable example of the Post-Impressionism movement, specifically within the genre of nude painting (nu). This piece is housed in the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) located in New York City, NY, in the United States.

In the artwork, one observes the depiction of several Tahitian women engaged in the act of bathing. The composition is characterized by the use of bold colors and simplified forms, a hallmark of Gauguin’s style. The central figure stands dominant, her back turned to the viewer, with her gaze directed away from the scene. The use of perspective is reduced, flattening the space and creating a tableau that emphasizes the decorative patterns and vibrant color contrasts. Gauguin has employed a palette that includes earthy tones for the figures, contrasting with the lush greens of the landscape and the rich, dark hues of the water. The intensity of the red garment in the foreground draws the eye and adds to the exotic atmosphere Gauguin aimed to convey. With its emphasis on the beauty of the human form and the exoticism of the Tahitian setting, this painting reflects both Gauguin’s personal impressions of the island and his desire to escape the conventions of European art.

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