Art and Images in Psychiatry |

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(11):1090. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.143.
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In 1891, after the failure of the Studio of the South,3 Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) set off for Tahiti, seeking a simpler life. Finding its capital thoroughly colonized by the French, he settled in the countryside and took a vahine (Tahitian wife). The 13-year-old girl, Tehura, had reached the local age of sexual consent, and her parents had given their permission.2 Two years later in 1893, sorely in need of financial support, Gauguin returned to France with high hopes of a triumphant return to the Paris art world. An exhibit of his Tahitian paintings was widely advertised. To his surprise, his art did not sell.


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