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Many aspects of life in Polynesia enthralled Paul Gauguin during his years spent there, a fact which he made quite visible through his artwork during and after that period. Beyond the natural and human beauty, which often take center stage in the artist’s work, he was keen on many social aspects of this life he saw as affording greater freedom. Chief among them were the local customs regarding religion and social life, the former being depicted in a rather ostensible manner, with exotic idols and rituals being a mainstay of Gauguin’s first and second Tahitian periods.
The specificities of social life, on the other hand, are intrinsically more subtle and thus difficult to perceive in its depictions, unless it is overtly the central aspect of the painting, as it happens with this magnificently light-hearted oil on canvas. The year of its conclusion is not certain, as the artist is said to have spent a considerable amount of time on it, stopping and returning to work on the canvas many times in the period between 1892 and 1894, during and right after Gauguin’s first foray into the tropical islands of Oceania.
Along that extended time spent working on the painting, many details were removed, altered, or incorporated. The woman closer in the forefront, for example, originally wore a red skirt, which was eventually altered into the blue floral sarong which survived, and a small dog once occupied the space occupied by the basket on her right-hand side. Even more brusquely, although subtle in the result, the woman to the back and left, sitting at the edge of the porch, was sitting further to the left, which demonstrates the artist’s detailed care with composition.
The result of that long process was a graceful depiction of the everyday life of the Tahitian women who lived around Gauguin, as they enjoy a moment of communal living, protected from the tropical sun by the spacious porch. Interestingly enough, although the women depicted are Polynesian, their dress and activities are distinctly western, with the loose fitting mission dresses and one of them, further from the foreground, irons some clothes.
As such, this painting, with its strong colors and Symbolist aesthetic sensibilities, portrays the extent to which the Western influence reached the native population who may have changed their dress, but maintain their underlying customs regarding social familiarity.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Siesta, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Siesta 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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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,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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