Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Arearea, also called Jokes, 1892. Oil on canvas, H. 75; W. 94 cm
In April 1891, Gauguin set off for his first visit to Tahiti, in search of traces of a primitive way of life. He took his inspiration for imaginary scenes in his paintings from what he saw around him, as well as from local stories and ancient religious traditions. Arearea is representative of these works where dream and reality coexist.