Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin was produced in 1897 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Post Impressionism movement. The work can be viewed now at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

Medium: Oil Painting 

 

 

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? is an oil painting produced between 1897 and 1898 by French painter Paul Gauguin.

Paul Gauguin on the upper left corner of the painting inscribed the original title in French as D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

Gauguin described about the painting that it should be read from right to left instead from left to right, with the three major figure groups using their body, arms were asking the questions as posed in the title. The three women with a child on the right side of the canvas represents the beginning of life as depicted by the birth of child while the middle group in the center of the painting symbolizes the daily existence of young adulthood and the final group on the left hand side of the canvas represents death asking questions Where are we going. According to the artist, the left hand side of the painting depicts an old woman who was approaching to her end of life or death appears reconciled and resigned to her thoughts.

The work can be viewed at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

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