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Te burao (The Hibiscus Tree)

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

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  • A work made of oil on cotton canvas.




Paul Gauguin
French, 1848-1903

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.


On View, Gallery 247


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Paul Gauguin


Te burao (The Hibiscus Tree)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on cotton canvas


68 × 90.7 cm (26 3/4 × 35 11/16 in.)

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Joseph Winterbotham Collection

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