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.
A strange white bird can be seen near her legs which symbolizes the futility of words. In the background, the blue idol from the canvas represents what the artist described it as “the Beyond. Paul Gauguin said the famous words about this painting that he believed that this canvas does not only surpasses all other of my preceding works but in future also, i shall never do anything better than this canvas or even similar to like this.
The dimensions of the canvas were 139 cm × 375 cm or 55 in × 148 in. The inscription as described above contains no question mark, no dash and all the words were capitalized visible on top left corner of canvas. Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Painting was created when Paul Gauguin was living on the island of Tahiti. The artist experienced transitioned in his career from being a Sunday painter to a professional painter. The term Sunday painter means someone who paints only for his or her own enjoyment).