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No te aha oe riri (Why Are You Angry?)

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

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  • A work made of oil on jute canvas.




Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

About this artwork

In this large-scale canvas, one of several Paul Gauguin sent back to France in 1897, women of varying ages appear to go about daily life within a colorful, stylized outdoor environment. Like much of the artist’s work, this painting combines observed detail with artistic fantasy to create a dreamlike scene whose narrative resists simple interpretation. The work’s deliberately provocative title enhances this effect, leaving us to wonder if the “you” refers to someone in the painting or to the viewer.


On View, Gallery 247


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Paul Gauguin


No te aha oe riri (Why Are You Angry?)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on jute canvas


Inscribed lower right: P. Gauguin '96


95.3 × 130.6 cm (37 1/2 × 51 3/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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