Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Copyright Information close The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author's death. In other countries, legislation may differ. More… WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks solely. We use here Copyright term based on authors' deaths according to U.S. Copyright Law, that is 70 years. In other countries, the duration of copyright term may differ. Please check here copyright length according to your country's legislation before you consider reproducing images borrowed from Wikipaintings.org Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Paul Gauguin Original Title: D'ou Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous Date: 1897; Punaauia, French Polynesia Style: Post-Impressionism Period: 2nd Tahiti period Genre: allegorical painting Media: oil, canvas Dimensions: 374.6 x 139.1 cm Location: Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA, US Tags: allegories-and-symbols, Tahiti Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_Do_We_Come_From?_What_Are_We?_Where_Are_We_Going? Order an oil painting reproduction Ad Image dimension 750x280px, View all sizes This is Paul Gaugin’s most famous painting, and he considered it his masterpiece, and the culmination of his thoughts. In Tahiti, as he was painting his masterpiece, Gaugin declared that he would commit suicide upon its completion. Although this was something he had previously attempted, this was not the case, as the artist died of syphilis in 1903. The painting was meant to be read from right to left, with the three main figures in the painting representing the three questions of the title. The figures are arranged from the beginning stages of life, from young figures with a child, to the middle aged figure in the middle, to the elder figure on the left of the painting. The idol in the background, situated behind the elder figure, represents the “Beyond.” Paul Gauguin Famous works The Vision after the Sermon (Jacob wrestling with the Angel) Paul Gauguin · 1888 Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers Paul Gauguin · 1888 Self Portrait with Halo Paul Gauguin · 1889 Yellow Christ Paul Gauguin · 1889 Woman with a Flower Paul Gauguin · 1891 Are You Jealous? Paul Gauguin · 1892 The Seed of the Areoi Paul Gauguin · 1892 Spirit of the Dead Watching Paul Gauguin · 1892 What's New? Paul Gauguin · 1892 Self Portrait in a Hat Paul Gauguin · 1893 Day of the Gods Paul Gauguin · 1894 The King's Wife Paul Gauguin · 1896 Nevermore Paul Gauguin · 1897 Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Paul Gauguin · 1897 And the Gold of Their Bodies Paul Gauguin · 1901 Related Artworks The lion become old Marc Chagall The Source Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Cardboard for the windows of the Chapel of St. Ferdinand: Faith Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Cardboard for the windows of the Chapel of St. Ferdinand: Charity Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Cardboard for the windows of the Chapel of St. Ferdinand: Hope Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres The Mediterranean Eugene Delacroix Painter`s dream Marc Chagall Wrath Giotto Desperation Giotto Infidelity Giotto Envy Giotto Inconstancy Giotto Injustice Giotto Faith Giotto Temperance Giotto Charity Giotto Foolishness Giotto Hope Giotto Prudence Giotto Birth of the Muses Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres 1 Load more Advertisement.