Te Nave Nave Fenua (Delightful Land) (1892; Asia/Pacific Region) by Paul Gauguin

Te Nave Nave Fenua (Delightful Land) - Paul Gauguin - 1892; Asia/Pacific Region

Artwork Information

TitleTe Nave Nave Fenua (Delightful Land)
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1892; Asia/Pacific Region
Dimensions91.3 x 37 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationOhara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan

About Te Nave Nave Fenua (Delightful Land)

The artwork titled “Te Nave Nave Fenua (Delightful Land)” is a creation of artist Paul Gauguin from the year 1892, and is a representation of the Post-Impressionism art movement. The painting measures 91.3 by 37 centimeters and is classified under the genre of figurative and nude painting (nu). Presently, it is housed at the Ohara Museum of Art located in Kurashiki, Japan, and is indicative of Gauguin’s experiences in the Asia/Pacific region.

The artwork features a standing nude female figure set against an exotic background that is lush with vegetation. The figure holds a small plant in her left hand and gently touches it with her right hand, signifying perhaps a connection with nature or care for the living flora. The colors are rich and vibrant, with a bold use of reds, yellows, and greens marking the tropical landscape. Gauguin’s style here is characteristic of his Post-Impressionist works, with an emphasis on bold outlines, simplified forms, and a somewhat flat perspective. The expressive use of color is employed to evoke an emotional response rather than to represent reality, a hallmark of Post-Impressionism. The landscape is not merely a backdrop; it plays an integral role in the overall composition, enhancing the dreamlike and idyllic quality of the ‘delightful land’ that Gauguin sought to capture.

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