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The Yellow Christ

1889: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Modelled on a wooden crucifix Gauguin saw during his stay in Brittany, this painting depicts a group of Breton peasant women mourning a yellowish Christ crucified in a landscape populated by flat orange trees and ribbonlike streams. The conscious breaking of representational and historical conventions was part of Gauguin's attempt to return to a simpler, more primitive world of visual expression and meaning.
 
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