Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. 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: 139.1 x 374.6 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? References: www.mfa.org 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 View all 505 artworks Related Artworks Child with dove Pablo Picasso The Man is at Sea (after Demont-Breton) Vincent van Gogh Sower Vincent van Gogh Sower with Setting Sun Vincent van Gogh Pasture by the Seine Alfred Sisley Henry Gasquet Paul Cezanne Geese Alfred Sisley Peasant in a Blue Smock Paul Cezanne Chrysanthemums Paul Cezanne The Lac d'Annecy Paul Cezanne The Card Players Paul Cezanne Woman in a Red Striped Dress Paul Cezanne Still Life with Red Onions Paul Cezanne Village of Saint Mammès Alfred Sisley By the River Loing Alfred Sisley Mont Sainte-Victoire Paul Cezanne Old Woman with a Rosary Paul Cezanne Young Man and Skull Paul Cezanne Self-Portrait Paul Cezanne Portrait of Joachim Paul Cezanne 1 Load more Advertisement.