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Polynesian Woman with Children

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

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  • A work made of oil on linen canvas.




Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

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The three figures in this work have never been identified. Their familial pose and other details, such as the woman’s gold ring and the red mark on the girl’s hand, invite speculation as to their relationship to each other and to the artist. Technical analysis has revealed that Paul Gauguin reworked the position of the woman’s hands to align diagonally with those of the young girl standing behind her. Together, they form an upward axis reinforced by the cat, also a later addition.


On View, Gallery 247


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Paul Gauguin


Polynesian Woman with Children


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on linen canvas


Inscribed upper left: Paul Gauguin 1901


97 × 74 cm (38 3/16 × 29 1/8 in.)

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Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

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