Paul Gauguin 1848-1903
Nevermore O Tahiti 1897
Te arii vahine, The Noble Woman or The King’s Wife 1896
The « King’s Wife » was painted by Paul Gauguin during his second stay in Tahiti. The Tahitian Eve holding behind her head a red fan — an attribute of royalty next to whom old men are discussing the tree of knowledge is depicted in a pose resembling « Venus of Urbino » by Titian or « Olympia » by Manet. The stealing beast with his burning eyes is as enigmatic as a woman. The paints are solemn and resounding interlaced in a bright decorative patterns. In a letter to his friend Daniel de Monfred the artist has written … » It seems to me that in terms of colour I’ve never done anything else with such strong and moving tonalities ».