Te raau rahi (The Big Tree)

A work made of oil on jute canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on jute canvas.

Date:

1891

Artist:

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

About this artwork

Upon arriving in Tahiti in June 1891, Paul Gauguin was keen to observe and understand the local vegetation. The big tree referred to in the title of this painting is the hotu tree at left. On the right, a tropical almond tree rises behind a screen of banana leaves, and along the right edge is a red-blossomed hibiscus shrub. Breadfruit leaves dot the foreground. The work is infused with dreamlike, heightened colors in a highly decorative composition arranged around curving, exuberant lines that transcend the topographical.

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European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 247

Artist

Paul Gauguin

Title

Te raau rahi (The Big Tree)

Origin

France

Date

1891

Medium

Oil on jute canvas

Dimensions

72.5 × 91.5 cm (28 9/16 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Kate L. Brewster

Reference Number

1949.513

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