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Pape moe de Paul Gauguin : récit viatique et œuvre plastique en résonance

Abstract : Betwen 1893 and 1894, when artist Paul Gauguin returns to Paris at the end of his first stay in Tahiti, he executes four works resuming the same motive : a native girl drinking to a spring. This is an extract from his journey diary, Noa Noa, and three plastic works, a watercolor, an oil on canvas and a carving. With the same title Pape moe (Mysterious water) and different ways of expression, these four mediums suggest the phantasmagorical construction of a shady and imperceptible scenery, populated with indefinite creatures, where may appear the vision of an ambiguous, even monstruous, woman. In the late 19th century, when the terror of the « vamp » is at its height, counterbalancing the myth of the accomodating Tahitian woman, the male gaze is visibly reduced to this fleeting observation of the « belle-des-îles », perceived in her impassable alterity.
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Isabelle Malmon. Pape moe de Paul Gauguin : récit viatique et œuvre plastique en résonance. Textimage : revue d'étude du dialogue texte-image , Lyon : Textimage, 2018. ⟨hal-02417124⟩



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