Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Te Rerioa (The Dream), 1897
Oil on Canvas
37 ⅜ x 51 ⅛ in. (95.1 x 130.2 cm)
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Courtauld Gift, 1932

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Paul Gauguin’s 1897 painting Te Rerioa (The Dream) is an interior scene of two Tahitian women, a dog, and a sleeping child; outside is a path with a horse and rider – or maybe this is a painting on the wall instead. As the title indicates, the narrative, including any relation between the reclining figures, remains ambiguous and dream-like. Typical of Gauguin’s Tahitian works, a synthesized exoticism pervades the representation of the figures, the decorative wall elements and furniture, as well as the painting’s composition itself, which appears simplified, flattened, and stylized.
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