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 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 Geese Alfred Sisley Henry Gasquet Paul Cezanne Pasture by the Seine Alfred Sisley Peasant in a Blue Smock Paul Cezanne Still Life with Red Onions Paul Cezanne The Lac d'Annecy Paul Cezanne The Card Players Paul Cezanne Village of Saint Mammès Alfred Sisley Woman in a Red Striped Dress Paul Cezanne By the River Loing Alfred Sisley Chrysanthemums Paul Cezanne 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.