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During his first Tahitian period, Gauguin established many of the characteristics of his work which would accompany him for much of his career. As such, paintings from the beginning of that period tend to be quite experimental in some aspects, and often repeat composition and color schemes, as if the artist was trying to find the perfect combination to express the Tahitian purity as he saw it.
To achieve that, Gauguin would create a cultural composite, combining his influences from a rather diverse range of non-European sources. In this oil on canvas, the pose, for example, mimics the Egyptian hieratic poses, although the position of the model’s arms is more informed by the medieval Javanese reliefs in the Borobudur temple, to which Gauguin often alluded and throughout his whole career.
Lastly, and perhaps least obvious, is the influence of Japanese art, or rather of the Western view of Japanese art, often named Japonism, which is more of a fascination with imaginary Japan in the Western mind. Truly, it is not a stretch to define Gauguin’s artwork as fundamentally colonialist, being as it is the idealized view of Tahiti as seen by a European who is part of the culture that enslaved the island. Even though the Tahiti seen by Gauguin was one struck by poverty and rampant sickness, he insisted on portraying the Tahiti he had dreamed of, not the one he saw.
In this piece from 1892, a mere year into Gauguin’s first period of living in the island, Gauguin claimed to have taken his palette from the Tahitian nature, although the chromatic variety and force are probably less due to the island environment, which they do not represent faithfully, and more due to Gauguin’s eye for composition and, as has been mentioned, wealth of influences.
Portraying the artist’s 13-year-old island bride in the role of Vaïraümati, who, according to the beliefs of the Polynesian secret society called Areoi, was the most beautiful mortal, who laid with the sun god and gave birth to create a new race. The same subject matter was also explored in the less famous Vairaumati Tei Oa or Her name is Vairaumati, with a busier background and more subdued colors.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Seed of the Areoi (Te aa no areois), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Seed of the Areoi (Te aa no areois) 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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