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This month's featured oil painting is Gauguin's 'Day of the Gods'

Paul Gauguin was born in Paris in 1848. His life as well as work has been seen as representing an all-out rejection of western civilization. After staying and quarrelling with Van Gogh in Arles, Gauguin made his first journey to Tahiti in 1891 returning in 1894 and dying there in 1904.

He painted Day of the God on his return to Tahiti in 1894. The painting derives its theme from Gauguins study of Polynesian mythology. The main figure is Taaroa, the central figure of the Maori pantheon, the creator of the world. In his honor gifts are being brought by two maidens on the left, while on the right two girls perform a ritual dance. The three naked figures in the foreground seem to suggest creation, especially the embryonic curl of the figure on the right.