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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Date:

1896

Artist:

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

About this artwork

Returning to Tahiti in the fall of 1895, Paul Gauguin was soon beset by physical ailments and financial difficulties. Despite this, in 1896–97 he painted a group of impressive canvases in a larger format than his usual works. He based Why Are You Angry? on an earlier Tahitian composition but changed the mood of the painting: here the principal figures are larger and disengaged from one another, their postures and characters more difficult to interpret. The interrogative title encourages the viewer to seek some sort of narrative, but the imagery resists a definitive reading.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 247

Artist

Paul Gauguin

Title

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

Origin

France

Date

1896

Medium

Oil on jute canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: P. Gauguin '96

Dimensions

95.3 × 130.55 cm (37 1/2 × 51 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1119

Extended information about this artwork

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