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T+L Reports: Fantasy Island

Paul Gauguin's nocturnal landscape Where Do We Come From?What Are We?Where Are We Going? from 1897 evokes birth, death, and the beyond through potent symbolism and equally potent colors. Intended as a final testament—Gauguin painted it before a suicide attempt in 1898—the monumental canvas, owned by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, will travel abroad for the first time in 54 years for "Gauguin Tahiti" at the Grand Palais in Paris. The show gathers 128 of the Paris-born painter's works—canvases, drawings, and tiki-inspired wooden sculptures—all created in Tahiti and the Marquesas, "a mysterious world" where he could "paint and dream at the same time" (through January 19).
—Kristin M. Jones

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