The Meaning of Meaninglessness

GAUGUIN PAUL. D'OU VENONS, NOUS QUE SOMMES NOUS, OU ALLONS NOUS. 1897. 1897. HUILE 96 x 130

“Dou venons nous? (where have we come from?)

Que sommes nous? (what are we?)

Ou allons nous? (where are we going?”)

…These were the words scrawled in the corner of Gauguin’s  Dou venons nous?

It was it to be his last work: upon finishing it he swallowed a bottle of arsenic.

 But he survived…and painted many more.

Continue reading