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Bright, saturated with contrasts colors in the plot of a measured life of a people far from civilization and a mysterious inscription in the lower corner of the picture - “Motamoe”. This is the picture “Landscape with Peacocks”, created by Gauguin in 1892 on the Pacific island of Tahiti during the heyday of his artistic gift.
Like the rest of the work of that time, “Landscape” has an extraordinary flavor, made by applying a multitude of layers of oil paint. The composition is built by piling up several plans. Two peacock figures appear right in front of the audience, pacing among flowers and large stones. Next - a young man in the process of labor with a tree-cutting tool thrown up behind his back. Even higher is the hut and two female figures.
The upper half of the picture is occupied by landscapes of mountain climbs, peaks and cliffs. A surprisingly tall, curved coconut palm tree crosses a hilly background and stretches its peak into the sky itself.
Peacocks, judging by the name of the picture, its main characters look quite inconspicuous: a small reddish female, a larger dark blue male with folded plumage. But it seems that the splendor and beauty of the open tail of the peacock is expressed in the motley colorfulness of the whole picture.
The second designated title of the work translates as "death."
Gauguin explained such a paradoxical designation for a picture blooming with bright colors that the stories of island life that he observed killed a civilized person in him.
“Landscape with peacocks” conveys to us the artist’s impressions of what he saw exotics during his walk, with the help of graphic means he plunges into a state of colorful sleep, fantasy, dreams. Paul Gauguin performed a marvelous, kaleidoscopic, eclectic picture of a secluded corner of the earth, where a person harmoniously coexists with the natural world.