Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)  1892

by Paul Gauguin

[i]I have just finished a severed kanak [Pacific Islander] head, nicely arranged on a white cushion, in a palace of my invention and guarded by women also of my invention.[/i] [br]--Paul Gauguin Writing to his friend Daniel de Monfreid, Paul Gauguin referenced in an almost offhand way this startling painting of a decapitated human head, which he made during his first st...
45.1 x 74.3 cm
Oil on coarse fabric
Courtesy of The Getty