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Gauguin Tahiti

Despite living most of his life in France, Paul Gauguin is immediately identified with Tahiti, largely due to his immense body of visual art (such as paintings and sculptures) that were produced during his time there during the turn of the 19th century. One of these monumental works is an impressive canvas titled, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? At the time of its completion, Gauguin noted that "I believe that this canvas not only surpasses all my preceding ones, but that I shall never do anything better, or even like it." This extraordinary work forms the centerpiece of a current exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and is extensively profiled on this website for the web-browsing public. From this site, visitors can view in great detail an interactive presentation of this work, presented by Visitors may move a virtual magnifying glass over the work and click on fifteen separate areas that profile various segments of the painting. Each clickable fragment is further augmented by audio interviews from art historians offering their learned commentaries. Additionally, visitors can listen to an interview with exhibition curator George Shackelford, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Elizabeth Childs, professor of art history at Washington University in St. Louis.
Date of Scout Publication
May 14th, 2004
Date Of Record Creation
May 13th, 2004 at 2:46pm
Date Of Record Release
June 1st, 2004 at 2:06pm
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