Also known under the title « Tehura » or « Teha’amana »
Bronze with a nuanced dark brown patina
cast by VALSUANI
(the wooden base is modern)
The original model carved in wood by Gauguin is now preserved at the Orsay Museum (Inv.OA 9528).
This cast is from an edition by Valsuani in 1959 made in 6 casts.
height of the bronze : 23,3 cm
height with the wooden base : 36 cm
In 1891, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) left Paris to embark for Polynesia, thanks to a sale of his works. Gauguin settled in Tahiti where he hoped to be able to flee western civilization and all that was artificial and conventional. He then spent his entire life in these tropical regions, first in Tahiti and then on the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas archipelago. He returned to France only once.
The essential characteristics of his painting (including the use of large areas of bright colors) didn't much change since Pont-Aven. He paid particular attention to the expressiveness of colors, the search for perspective and the use of full and voluminous shapes. Influenced by the tropical environment and Polynesian culture, his work was gaining strength. Gauguin created woodcarvings and painted his finest paintings there.
In Tahiti, Gauguin met Teha'amana, also called Tehura, a young girl native of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, west of French Polynesia, who became his model and then his companion.