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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.

Date:

1901

Artist:

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

About this artwork

In this painting, the young boy in the woman’s lap may be Paul Gauguin’s son, born to his Tahitian lover Pahura. The boy was named Emil after the artist’s eldest legitimate child. The older woman may be the boy’s grandmother. This composition recalls the common Christian image of the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child and young Saint John the Baptist, although here the older child is presumably a girl.

Status

On View, Gallery 247

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Gauguin

Title

Polynesian Woman with Children

Origin

France

Date

1901

Medium

Oil on linen canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed upper left: Paul Gauguin 1901

Dimensions

97 × 74 cm (38 3/16 × 29 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1927.460

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