Where Do We Come From What Are We Doing Where Are We Going
“Few paintings can take pride in having such an intricate symbolism as this, originally called D’où Venons Nous/ Que Sommes Nous/ Où Allons Nous in French.
The title can be seen written also on the top left corner of the piece over the golden field that structures it. Paul Gauguin considered it to be his most complete work, as well as would certainly have claimed that such was the feeling that he might never repaint something to surpass it in his life that he had actually entered into the mountains to commit suicide, although that may have been much more showmanship than the actual feeling and activities of the artist.
The fact is that, when the painting was finished, Gauguin sent it to Paris for sale, along with a rather long summary of every importance included in the canvas, from heaven idol, which is meant to signify “The Beyond”, via the lady picking fruit in the facility of the structure, which is indicated to answer the secondly of the three inquiries, all the way to the white bird holding a reptile in its claws at the feet of the old lady left wing of the canvas, which is suggested to symbolize the uselessness of words.
Like much of the mystic works of old, the painting was implied to be read from ideal to left and also solution, in Gauguin’s way, the concerns positioned in its title. Being so, life begins with the child laying on the rock, already under the scrutiny of the covert figures in the background, and moves on with the ladies sitting with inviting appearances, while an additional woman picks fruit and also a child eats, bordered by a selection of pets. In the end, an old lady accepts, in either shock or despair, her fate, while the young lady’s concerns and the child is oblivious, all under the purview of The Beyond, which falls overall.
Gauguin took fantastic care to ascribe suggesting to every element in the painting, every stroke of the brush packed with symbolism. He meant this to be the embodiment of his work, the philosophic treaty which contained within itself the totality of what the artist wanted to communicate throughout his entire occupation. Not just a work of unique charm however a deep representation of the artist’s views on life, art, and also what it implies to be human”