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Polynesian Woman with Children

A work made of oil on linen canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on linen canvas.

Date:

1901

Artist:

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

About this artwork

The three figures in this work have never been identified. Their familial pose and other details, such as the woman’s gold ring and the red mark on the girl’s hand, invite speculation as to their relationship to each other and to the artist. Technical analysis has revealed that Paul Gauguin reworked the position of the woman’s hands to align diagonally with those of the young girl standing behind her. Together, they form an upward axis reinforced by the cat, also a later addition.

Status

On View, Gallery 247

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Gauguin

Title

Polynesian Woman with Children

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1901

Medium

Oil on linen canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed upper left: Paul Gauguin 1901

Dimensions

97 × 74 cm (38 3/16 × 29 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1927.460

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