Gauguin and the myth of Tahiti


When looking at one of Paul Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti it is easy to see why people think he was responsible for creating the myth of a paradise on earth, but in truth the idea had existed for over a century before he set foot on the island. The first European to land there was an English sea captain called Samuel Wallis in 1767.

Note: The Gauguin exhibition at Tate Modern continues until 16 January 2011.


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