Paul Gauguin - The Moon and the Earth 1893

The Moon and the Earth 1893
The Moon and the Earth
1893 114x62cm Oil/burlap
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

« previous picture | 1890s Gauguin Paintings | next picture »

From Museum of Modern Art:
The Moon and the Earth is Gauguin's depiction of an ancient Polynesian myth, in which Hina, the female spirit of the Moon, implores Fatou, the male spirit of the Earth, to grant humans eternal life. It is a request Fatou resolutely denies. Gauguin's depiction of Hina and Fatou—marked by a great disparity in the figure's size, scale, and coloration—seems to reflect their ancient quarrel. In the foreground, Hinas nude figure is in full view, while Fatou, rendered from the chest up, looms larger than life in the background. But there is no middle ground; the distance between them appears impassable.