When married, Paul Gauguin – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

When married – Paul Gauguin. 1892. Oil on canvas 105 x 77.5 cm
The canvas “Nafea Faa And Poipo”, which is translated from the Tahitian dialect – “When will you marry?”, Was written by Gauguin in 1892.

The picture depicts 2 islet girls, between whom there was a question, presented already in the title of the work. The face of the interrogative heroine is wary, focused and serious, while the second woman does not give an answer – you can read thoughtfulness and a certain sadness in the expression of her eyes.

In terms of color, the picture constantly attracts the eye – it seems that all the painter’s aspirations for bright colors have finally found fertile soil: exotic Polynesia raged with bright colors and unusual nature.

The picture itself, as an artifact, also boasts a rich history. Initially, she was in the collection of the Swiss Rudolf Stechilin (former employee of Sotheby’s), then exhibited in the “Kunstmuseum” of Bazil. Not so long ago, “When will you marry?” Was purchased by Qatar Museums for $ 300 million, thus earning the title of the most expensive piece of art in the history of world painting. What irony, given that Gauguin was always poor during his lifetime and not in demand by the public.

The picture will not immediately gain new owners, but will be given to them only after a year. Over this period of time, the canvas will be exhibited in museums around the world, it is known for certain that Madrid and Washington will see the painting live."

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