Paul Gauguin - The large tree 1891

The large tree 1891
The large tree
1891 74x92cm oil/canvas
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

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From Cleveland Museum of Art:
Disgusted with the materialism of European society, Gauguin abandoned his family and career as a stockbroker and departed for Tahiti in 1891. This canvas is among the first paintings he completed on the island. Its rich colors and stylized figures were intended to be both symbolic and mysterious, evoking private thoughts and emotions. “I obtain symphonies,” he wrote, “harmonies that represent nothing real in the absolute sense of the word.”