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Paul Gauguin – Nave Nave Mahana

Paul Gauguin painted this picture in Tahiti in 1896. Its title, Nave Nave Nahana, means Delicious Day in the Maori language. In his work, Gauguin evoked an exotic and timeless internal vision based on what he saw around him: between poetic idealism and melancholy heaviness; delight and sorrow. Fixed, distant, silent, with their eyes cast down, their faces serious, could these figures be a revealing depiction of the isolation of the artist, who was ill at the time?

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