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Few paintings can boast of having such a convoluted symbolism as this, originally named D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous in French, title which can be seen written as well on the top left corner of the piece over the golden field that frames it. Paul Gauguin considered it to be his most complete work, and would have said that, such was the feeling that he could never paint something to surpass it in his life that he had gone into the mountains to commit suicide, although that might have been more showmanship than the actual feeling and actions of the artist.
The fact is that, when the painting was finished, Gauguin sent it to Paris for sale, along with a rather long description of every symbolism included in the canvas, from the blue idol, which is meant to symbolize “The Beyond”, through the woman picking fruit in the center of the composition, which is meant to answer the second of the three questions, all the way to the white bird holding a lizard in its claws at the feet of the old woman on the left of the canvas, which is meant to symbolize the uselessness of words.
Like many of the mystic writings of old, the painting was meant to be read from right to left and answer, in Gauguin’s way, the questions posed in its title. Being so, life begins with the child laying on the rock, already under the scrutiny of the cloaked figures in the background, and moves on through the women sitting with inviting looks, while another woman pick fruit and a child eats, surrounded by a variety of animals. In the end, an old woman accepts, in either shock or despair, her fate, while the young woman worries and the child is oblivious, all under the purview of The Beyond, which falls over all.
Gauguin took great care to ascribe meaning to every element in the painting, every stroke of the brush loaded with symbolism. He meant this to be the epitome of his work, the philosophic treaty that contained within itself the totality of what the artist wanted to communicate throughout his whole career. Not only a work of unique beauty but a deep reflection on the artist’s views on life, art and what it means to be human
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Where Do We Come From What Are We Doing Where Are We Going, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Where Do We Come From What Are We Doing Where Are We Going 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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 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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