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Gauguin "Tahitian Women"

Gauguin "Tahitian Women"

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From: The Art Institute of Chicago
Limited Edition: 16
Exhibition: Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde
Material: Printed vinyl
Dimensions: 30" x 99" (76cm x 251cm)

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Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin left France for the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The work he produced during his years in Tahiti defines his oeuvre, and includes his masterpiece Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? A detail from the work showing two semi-clad Tahitian women is featured on 8 banners from The Art Institute of Chicago.


"I believe that this canvas not only surpasses all my preceding ones, but that I shall never do anything better-or even like it."
-Paul Gauguin on his "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?"

Truly Gauguin's masterpiece, the work he mentions above is one of his most famous and fascinating creations. Using his own ideas and invented mythology and symbols, the work reads from right to left - a complete story of the cycle of birth, life, death, and destiny. The complete original work measures about 5 feet high by 12 feet wide, making the figures and scenes both attainable and monumental.

A detail of the 1898 work is seen on these banners showing two seated women gazing pensively at the viewer. They are in the prime of their lives, the vibrant time when health, knowledge, and energy peak. In the complete painting we see a small baby beside the two women, perhaps indicating their role in this great mystery of life. Gauguin has described the two women as "discussing destiny".

Below the image a blue band contains the museum's name in white letters "The Art Institute of Chicago", and below that is a thin red band. The other side of the banner is blue with the same thin red band at the bottom. Red and yellow text that reads "Cézanne to Picasso/Ambroise Vollard/Patron of the Avant-Garde", and in yellow the exhibition dates "February 17 - May 12".


These banners were displayed around Chicago from February 17 to May 12, 2007 to promote the exhibition, Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Other banners promoting this exhibition feature the work of Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne.

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