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Te Rerioa
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Te Rerioa


Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Oil on canvas

Width: 157.8 cm ( frame ); Height: 122.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 12.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 95.1 cm ( canvas ); Width: 130.2 cm ( canvas );

Signed, bottom left centre, TE RERIOA / P.Gauguin 97 / TAITI

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932

About this work
Te Rerioa was painted during Gauguin’s second stay in Tahiti. It shows two women watching over a sleeping child in a room decorated with elaborate wood reliefs. The figures do not communicate, heightening the sense of mystery. Gauguin meant the subject to be unclear. He wrote, ‘Everything is a dream in this canvas: is it the child? is it the mother? is it the horseman on the path? or even is it the dream of the painter!!!’ He inscribed the Tahitian word for ‘dream’ in the lower part of the composition but misspelled it: it should read ‘rereioa’. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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