An inspiration to artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Gaugin (1848-1903) did not receive much critical appreciation while he was alive. Though, he is now applauded for his radical use of colour that paved the way for Synthetism, he wasn’t a successful artist in his days.
He spent the later years of his life in the French Peninsula which became the inspiration behind several of his famous works. One of these was created in Tahiti: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897-1898)