The life of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) is one of the richest and most mythic in the history of Western art. Abandoning a career in banking, a family and his homeland, in the last decade of the nineteenth century he sailed from France to the South Seas to seek a life "e;in ecstasy, in peace and for art."e; During his years in Tahiti, Gauguin brought forth a wealth of astonishing paintings, culminating in this monumental meditation on what he called the "e;ever-present riddle"e; of human existence posed in the work's title. This compact introduction to Gauguin's masterpiece explores its relation to European models as well as to the artist's own companion pieces.
Paul Gauguin: Where Do We Come from? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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