Fatata te Miti (Near the Sea)
oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington,
Chester Dale Collection
The naked bathers ensconced in the tropical setting hint at the Tahitian paradise of Gauguin's imagination — a lush world filled with natural beauty and freedom. The artist applies color without restraint, much as he depicts the women shedding their pareos without concern for the eye of the artist or the approaching fisherman seen at the top of the canvas.