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Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? [EOL in Art 206]

Gauguin considered this 1897 work to be his masterpiece and the summation of his ideas. The painting should be read from right to left, beginning with the sleeping infant. 

Gauguin describes the various figures as pondering the questions of human existence given in the title; the blue idol represents “the Beyond.” The old woman at the far left, “close to death,” accepts her fate with resignation.

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