Portrait of the Artist with the Idol
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Artist: Paul Gauguin, French, 1848-1903
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While Gauguin's clothes suggest a climate colder than the South Seas, the painting is thought to date from the end of his first trip to Tahiti. During his time there, Gauguin studied ancient Polynesian deities. The figure of an idol that appears behind his left shoulder represents the goddess Hina, a symbol of happiness, calm, and peace.
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