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This image of bathers in an exotic landscape of fiery hues was painted on Gauguin’s second trip to Tahiti. It is one of eight paintings which relate to the monumental canvas 'Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?', a summation of Gauguin’s philosophy of life, civilisation and sexuality. The paintings were described as ‘fragmentary replicas of and studies for’ the larger work when they were exhibited together in 1898.
oil on sacking
H 73.3 x W 91.8 cm
Signed and dated: P. Gauguin 97