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.
- Paul Gauguin
- Polynesian Woman with Children
- Oil on linen canvas
- Inscribed upper left: Paul Gauguin 1901
- 97 × 74 cm (38 3/16 × 29 1/8 in.)
- Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection