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Upon his return from his first travel to Tahiti, which lasted from 1891 to 1893, and was ended early because of financial reasons involving his European family, who he had left behind to go live among what he believed to be the primitive peoples of Polynesia, Gauguin had another burst of artistic production. Still deriving his inspiration from his tropical second home, Paul Gauguin, divided his time between France between trying to sell the art he had produced while in Tahiti and continuing his production of art inspired by the purity he perceived in the native Maori people.
As such, he produced in 1894 this oil on canvas, named by him Nava Nave Moe, as can be read in the bottom left of the painting, which has been translated as either Miraculous Source, Sweet Dreams or Delicious Reverie. Although the variety of meaning extracted from the original language can sound strange, it is more a matter of translators trying to transmit the idea of the painting than the directly translated meaning of the words. The painting spent many years in possession of the famous Russian collector Ivan Morozov, later being donated into the State, and is now in a show at The State Hermitage Museum in Moscow.
True to his ethos, Gauguin creates here a composite of his many cultural influences, in an attempt to blend his Western background with the Polynesia with which he had been enamored. In the background, for example, we can see a group of women dancing around a pair of statues, which represent the native religion. Those twin statues of gods were portrayed many times by Gauguin in the background of his paintings, serving as contextual contrast for the artist’s heavily Christian symbolism.
An example of that that can be seen here are the two women pictured in the foreground of the composition, which represent the choice between vice and virtue. The woman on the left, bearing a halo, which is a Christian symbol of virginity previously unknown in the Pacific Islands, peacefully rests, symbolizing the peace of mind afforded by virtue, while her partner to the right looks with desire at the mango in her hand, symbolizing Eve and the restlessness caused by choice to commit sin. That both women are dressed, the same could be seen as a sign that they are the same person, divided between the two aspects.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Miraculous Source, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Miraculous Source that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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