Wednesday, 27 April 2016

W is for Where Do We Come From

This painting's full title is 'Where Do We Come From What Are We Where Are We Going' by Paul Gauguin, a 19th century French Post-Impressionist painter (though I find, somewhat confusingly, that Impressionism and Post Impressionism were going on at roughly the same time). A copy of this painting hung on the wall of our morning room when I was growing up, so it became very familiar to me and I always liked the dark shadowy quality it has, focussing the attention on the figure in the centre, which consequently made me more curious about the people in the background, and the weird statue that seems to luminesce. It is another picture with much going on, that you could spend a lot of time absorbing the detail (if you click the picture you can see it a little larger).


  1. What a great title for a painting. I love paintings like this. You can study it over and over, and always find something new.

  2. I find that phosphorescent figure intriguing too! esp the way the hands are raised...
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016


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