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In Paul Gauguin’s career, he had two main inspirations for his work, the people of Tahiti and his interpretation of the range of sensations experienced through his days. In this amazing piece, we can see the influence of both, as it was painted in 1892, during the artist’s first period spent in the islands. It portrays what the author said to have been one of the most striking visual experiences during that time, where he claimed to have sat in observation of a native man, his ax raised high above his head, chopping up a tree. The wealth of color experienced by Gauguin at that moment, in the metal of the ax, on its wielder and their surroundings, is said to have greatly inspired the artist to paint no only this piece, but also another one called Man with Axe, one year before.
As such, in this oil on canvas, now in possession of the Pushkin Museum, in Moscow, has as its focal point the previously mentioned ax-wielding man, who occupies the right side of the painting’s midfield. In the foreground, a couple of peacocks wander around and draw the observer’s eye to the bottom of the canvas, from where it rises, passing through the ax wielder and his tree, up to the tent dwellers further in the background, and finally to the brightly colored mountains far in the distance.
Not too worried with realism, the Post-Impressionist Gauguin nevertheless achieves a compelling sensation of depth throughout the painting, so that, even though solid blocks of color compose much of the painting, it is still possible to understand the depth of field there, as the observer’s eye is guided through the canvas. That happens because of how carefully Gauguin constructed the planes here, achieving an effect on the observer’s perception.
Lastly, there has been some discussion on whether Gauguin wouldn’t have made a mistake on the spelling of the painting’s original name, as it translates as “death,” while a very similar word, Matamua, would have translated as “once upon a time.” The explanation for that has been that, Gauguin did not make a mistake, as he considered his moving to Tahiti to be the start of a new life, and that the moment when he had that moment of inspiration while looking at the ax wielder represented for him the passage from one life to the other.
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