“Be Be (The Nativity)” (1896) by Paul Gauguin

2 thoughts on ““Be Be (The Nativity)” (1896) by Paul Gauguin”

  1. hey gareth, like this. havent been to the gaugin show yet, but really want to – stumbled across D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous which has been one of my faves for a while. shows what i know that i didnt realise it was by gaugin! but the more I see the more I like. just to say, I think that painting tallies with what you say here – it’s the circle of life stuff but portrayed on a panel, which invites me at least to try to ‘read’ it, left to right or find sequence somehow, but i think that painting challenges any narrative.

    1. To be honest, I wasn’t a massive fan of Gauguin before I saw the exhibition, although it was obvious that he was important. But it’s really helpful to see so much of his work in one place, and to get an idea of the man behind it all. He’s desperately trying to find paradise, but it eludes him. In the end his paintings are basically lies – he wants everyone back home to think Tahiti is paradise, but it really wasn’t paradise for him.

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