Tahitian Women on the Beach

Tahitian Women on the Beach
Artist Paul Gauguin
Year 1891
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Dimensions 27.2 in × 35.8 in
69 cm × 91 cm
Famous Paintings by Paul Gauguin
Spirit of the Dead Watching, 1892
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897-1898
The Yellow Christ, 1889
The Green Christ, 1889
Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891
Vision After the Sermon, 1888
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Tahitian Women on the Beach, by Paul Gauguin, is a beautiful painting that catches the eye with its depiction of two women on the beach of the pacific island of Tahiti. This painting, done in 1891, by Paul Gauguin is beautiful in its simplicity. Bold colors and easy lines take the viewer to a place of gentle breezes and warm hues of an exotic place. The subjects are two island women that each seem to be lost in their own thoughts as they sit in comfortable companionship. Fantastic display of color and the easy natural style of this painting are captivating.


The artist picked up an early style of impressionism but after coming under the influence of painter Emile Bernard, Paul Gauguin developed a style he called synthetism. After traveling to Tahiti he developed a primitive style that was influenced by the art of the indigenous people he lived with.


Paul Gauguin was born on June 7, 1848, in Paris. He was a contemporary of Camille Pissaro who actually sparked Gauguin’s interest in becoming an artist. Married and the father of five children, Gauguin felt shackled to his job as a stockbroker. He decided to leave his employment and devote himself to his painting. This left his wife and children without a means to exist so they moved back to the wife’s family in Denmark.

Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti in 1891 and was enthralled with the primitive art forms. Shortly after arriving, he began work on a painting that was to be called Tahitian Women on the Beach. He returned to France once leaving Tahiti, only to return and spend the rest of his life in the tropics. He died on May 9, 1903, in Marquesas.

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