Trivium Art HistoryPaul Gauguin

The Siesta

The Siesta, 1894 — Paul Gauguin
35 cm45 cm

The Siesta is a Post-Impressionist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Paul Gauguin from 1892 to 1894. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Cloisonnism, Women, and Sleep. Source

The unaffected grace and communal ease of Tahitian women impressed Gauguin enormously. The artist worked on this painting over an extended period, incorporating numerous changes. The skirt of the woman in the foreground, for example, was originally bright red; there was a dog in the position now occupied by the basket at lower right; and the woman seated at the left edge of the porch was previously situated further to the left.

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