Martinique Pastorals

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. 

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