Gauguin was a great artist.
By the time Gauguin arrived in the late s, Tahiti had been "thoroughly Christianized and colonized" by the French, says National Gallery curator Mary Morton.
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A major exhibition of works by 19th century post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin includes oil paintings and other objects he created on the South Seas island of Tahiti.
Still, on his canvases, Gauguin took off their clothes and bared their undressed beauty.
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He needs to be an artist," explains Mary Morton, National Gallery curator. The Art Institute of Chicago. Over the centuries, hundreds of artists had rendered images of Eve. It was all too much — the bizarre figures and the sunset oranges and fuchsias — for European tastes. Still, on his canvases, Gauguin took off their clothes and bared their undressed beauty. A lizard with flaming red wings substitutes for for the Bible's serpent.