He was sitting in olive garden, in a Cezannesque divine and human pain,wandering at dawn and dusk,with his wings open,with temptational apples in the fall.After all, the lover artist was a poet in exile, to make myth of truth. A prophet and marthyr ,like any other artists.
Gauguin also said:
"In the silence of Tahiti's beautiful tropical nights,I will hear the soft,murmuring mystic of my heart,in perfect harmony with the mysterious being that surrounds me."
He noticed: the Tahitian soil is becoming completely French ,and little by little the old order will disappear." That is how he came with recreation of rituals,reality,myths gods and goddess,with the help of Miss Tehamand(VAHINE),at his side,and an old handbook.Hima was a great catch,,the goddess of moon,also the blend of imagery and cultures,as in
" Tehamana has many parents",with his backdrops never idle, but full of shadows and idols.
(Post Break : Yes ,Gauguin had his own wall,even in Pre-Facebook Era!)
Gauguin's Black Venus,1889,in glazed stoneware is a supplement to OVIRI,and no wonder they are in the vicinity of SOYEZ AMOUREUSES VOUS SEREZ HEUREUSES/be in love and you will be happy(1889),carved and painted linden wood.Ondine in the waves,a red hair beauty painted from her back,is a nude all out of white and blue water;and Eve,and devil ,and demons,and Buddhist inspirations are migled in his nightmares of desperation and happy hours.