Gauguin Tote bag - Tahitian Women
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Tahitian Women, 1891 - Oil on canvas, H. 69; W. 91.5 cm
In 1891, Gauguin went to Tahiti, an island he imagined to be a primitive paradise. The artist wanted "to live there in ecstasy, calm and art". His financial difficulties, his aesthetic concerns and this very Baudelairian "invitation au voyage" drove him to that distant land to escape "the European struggle for money" - to be "free at last".