This image of bathers in an exotic landscape of fiery hues was painted on Gauguin’s second trip to Tahiti. It is one of eight paintings which relate to the monumental canvas 'Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?', a summation of Gauguin’s philosophy of life, civilisation and sexuality. The paintings were described as ‘fragmentary replicas of and studies for’ the larger work when they were exhibited together in 1898. In this case, the figure to the left is enlarged from the part of the landscape background which deals with our fate – where are we going?
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, B15 2TS
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.