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The painting shows two young women in a sun-drenched meadow in Tahiti, with mountains rising on the horizon and workers toiling in a far-off field.
One is wearing traditional native garb, the other a colonial, missionary-style dress – symbolising European convention and Polynesian custom.
Gauguin painted Nafea Faa Ipoipo during his first visit to Tahiti in 1892, having gone there to escape „everything that is artificial and conventional“ in Europe.
He returned to Polynesia in 1895, where he remained until his death from an overdose of morphine at the age of 54 in 1903.
His works influenced contemporaries such as Vincent van Gogh as well as later artists including Pablo Picasso.
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