Three Tahitians by Paul Gauguin A5 postcard

Three Tahitians by Paul Gauguin A5 postcard


A5 (21 x 14.8 cm) single postcard featuring Three Tahitians by Paul Gauguin, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Three three-quarter length figures stand out against a vivid, colourful background. Two women flank a young man, seen from behind.

They may be offering him a choice, possibly between vice, symbolised by the apple, and virtue, symbolised by the flowers.

This suggestion ties in with the allegorical character of many of Gauguin's Tahitian paintings in which ideas from different cultures are fused together.

Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist. Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of colour and Synthetist style that were distinct from Impressionism.

Toward the end of his life, he spent ten years in French Polynesia. The paintings from this time depict people or landscapes from that region.

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