About this artwork
Completed early in Paul Gauguin’s first Tahitian sojourn, this landscape shows the artist grappling with representing an unfamiliar environment. Rather than documenting botanical species scientifically, Gauguin focused on the artistic potential of their variegated colors, textures, and forms. The human figure in the distance and the dog roaming through fallen branches activate the landscape and establish a sense of scale.
- Paul Gauguin
- Te burao (The Hibiscus Tree)
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on cotton canvas
- 68 × 90.7 cm (26 3/4 × 35 11/16 in.)
- Joseph Winterbotham Collection