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When he left Paris for Tahiti, Paul Gauguin hoped to escape the constant struggle for money and to find, in the tropical islands, the life of calm and art he had longed for. Upon his arrival, struck by his new environment, the artist had one of his most productive periods, which would later become known as his First Tahitian period. Among the earliest works of that period are many portrayals of the local population, which would then be used, partially or in full, as the basis for his more symbolic work.
This oil on canvas, finished in 1891 is just one of those pieces, achieving such relevance in the artist’s eyes that he would produce a variation of it with a different name just a year later, substituting the body of the woman on the right for a more ethnically adequate version which wears a flower patterned sarong. Of the two, this, the former, would gain more notoriety, being now in exposition at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, while its variation is in possession of the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden, Germany.
As was typical for the early years of his first stay in Tahiti, Gauguin portrays here two Tahitian women busy with menial daily tasks, with the woman on the right, dressed in a modest mission dress, absentmindedly weaving, while her partner on the left keeps her company. Both women seem to be uncomfortable with the artist’s gaze, almost as if he was invading their personal space by portraying them, or even by his mere European presence, observing their daily lives with the interest of one who is alien to the environment.
In a way, Gauguin’s portrayal of the native Maori people, often looking melancholic and disinterested with being portrayed, is a window not only into his experiences in Tahiti but also into the limitation of his European capability to view and understand other cultures. While he portrays what he believes to be a peculiar islander melancholy, what he is showing in his paintings is the uneasiness caused by the French in the Tahitian environment, reinforced by the lack of self-awareness peculiar to the European colonizer.
As such, Gauguin’s work reflects not only his experience of Tahiti, but a summary of the French, if not European, colonial experience and, more importantly, the Maori experience with the colonizers. Indeed an unintentional statement on colonialism.
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