Martinique Pastorals

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Black print on yellow paper showing standing female figures and goat in landscape

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) 
Martinique Pastorals, from the Volpini Suite, 1889
Zincograph on yellow wove paper
Sheet: 17 ¼ x 21 5/8 in. (43.8 x 55 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962.67

The graceful curving lines of the rolling hillsides, the heart-shaped leaves, and the women in native dress evoke a timeless utopia, far from the cares of the modern world. In this print and others inspired by his travels to Martinique in 1886, Gauguin focused on activities of daily life.