The Siesta

1892–94, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands
Oil on canvas, 35 x 45 3/4 in. (88.9 x 116.2 cm)
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1993, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002
Met museum 1993.400.3

Gauguin got around!

(From Smithsonian article, March 2011)
"He removed himself from Paris society to increasingly exotic places—Brittany, Martinique, Tahiti and finally to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia—to escape a world he felt was modernizing too quickly."

(From info card)
"Gauguin considered the unself-conscious ease of native Tahitian women one of the great attractions of life in the South Seas. Here he made their unaffected grace, as one art historian aptly put it, the subject of a picture. Close examination of the canvas reveals that he labored over the arrangement of the women, correcting their profiles, eliminating another figure at the far left, and painting the basket of fruit where there once was a dog. He also changed the sarong of the dramatically foreshortened woman at the center from bright red to navy blue."