Paul Gauguin “Mahana no atua [Day of the God]”

Mahana no atua [Day of the God]

Oil on canvas • Post-Impressionism • 68 x 92 cm • 1894 • Art Institute of Chicago

The painting depicts a central carved idol of the goddess Hina standing on a rock by the beach around which human figures are arranged in a symmetrical pattern. On the left two women are bearing votive offerings and on the right two others are dancing the upaupa, an erotic Tahitian dance which the colonial authorities tried to ban. In the foreground is an enigmatic group of three bathers, whose poses suggest they represent birth, life and death, but about which Gauguin never spoke. [source: Wikipedia]

self portrait

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer
was born in Paris, France

June 7, 1848

His style: Post-Impressionism

Check my tribute to this great painter here: Paul Gauguin


43 replies »

  1. popped over to see your wonderful tribute – a striking self-portrait here but Gauguin seems to be painting in a coat – must be in the cold garret we associate with painters!

  2. I LOVE your artist reviews. Paul Gauguin continues to evoke controversy, doesn’t he, Marina? Some believe him to be extraordinary. Indeed, his post-Impressionism was trailblazing. Others believe quite the opposite, based on his lifestyle and colonialist overtones. The art of Paul Gauguin challenges us to look deeply into the artistic spirit. Thank you so much for these posts – so very well done. Sending hugs.

    • Oh, I agree with you, Rebecca, about Gauguin. I just focus on his amazing talent and its expression.
      Thank you so much. Coming from someone who does exquisit presentations of art pieces, it’s a great compliment. Many hugs your way!

      • Marina – I enjoy our conversations. I agree wholeheartedly. There comes a time when you must look at the artwork for itself, separate from the artist. Understanding creativity is complex – art demands our full attention. Many hugs coming back your back with all speed.

    • Yayyyyy…. I remember you do! I understand exactly what you mean! When a painter captures the very essence of his subject, it will feel real even if it’s abstract! 😉

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