Parahi Te Marae is a painting by French artist Paul Gauguin, created during his first trip to Tahiti in 1992. The artwork depicts a Tahitian sacred enclosure, with an ornamental fence in the foreground inspired by Marquesan ear ornaments and tropical flowers and leaves. Gauguin was a pioneer Symbolist who broke away from Impressionism, seeking escape from civilization in primitive cultures. His work deeply influenced modern artists.
Gauguin discarded shading, modeling, and perspective in “Parahi Te Marae” and used pure color, strong lines, and a flat two-dimensionality. He styled himself and his art as “savage” and fled from urban civilization to create pure, primitive art. This painting is one of Gauguin’s Tahitian works that depicts esoteric imagery.
Another famous painting of his, “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” was also painted in Polynesia in 1897-98. Gauguin’s unique style and subject matter have made him a legendary figure in the art world. He disregarded conventional techniques to create something entirely his own, and his legacy lives on today as one of the pioneers of modernism.