Gauguin’s Tahitian Body Written By Peter Brooks Edited by: Dr. Kay Picart and Donna Gallagher Based on a presentation by: Erika Vasquez Key Concepts/Terms Gauguin’s “Tahitian Eve”: “Looking”: “Animal” Innocence/“Animality”: Tahiti How does Gauguin feel about Tahiti and the Tahitian people? Discussion Question What do we know about Victorian views/attitudes towards sex and sexual relationships? Paul Gauguin French post-impressionist painter Born June 7, 1848 in Paris Started painting as a hobby in 1871 while working as a stock broker and married with five children In 1883, separated from his wife and children, and devoted himself to painting 1891 sailed for the South Seas to escape European civilization Europe vs. Tahiti Paul Gauguin Duex femmes tahitiennes Europe vs. Tahiti How does Gauguin contrast Europe and Tahiti? Europe Tahiti European Women vs. Tahitian Women How does Gauguin contrast European and Tahitian Women? European Women: Tahitian Women: Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian Body Discuss Gauguin’s idea of the Tahitian Body: Discussion Question What is the difference between seeing a child naked and an adult? What feelings do these sights provoke? Gauguin’s Idea of “Looking” What is Gauguin’s idea of looking?