About this artwork
“Everything in the landscape blinded and dazzled me,” wrote Paul Gauguin of his first months in Tahiti. Here, he showcased the island’s variety of bountiful fruit trees, including a thick-trunked, violet hotu at left; spindly mango and coconut trees; and three short banana plants with lush, splayed leaves. In the foreground, a man uses a stick to crack a coconut and a family rests in the grass with a sleeping dog beside them. The painting’s coarsely woven canvas, made of a fibrous plant matter (jute), is visible through the paint layer. Cheaper and more readily available than traditional canvas, this support material lends the work a rugged, organic texture.
- Paul Gauguin
- Te raau rahi (The Big Tree)
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on jute canvas
- 72.5 × 91.5 cm (28 9/16 × 36 in.)
- Gift of Kate L. Brewster