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The painting Day of the Deity was written by Paul Gauguin in 1894 between the so-called Tahitian periods of his work. She is at the Chicago Institute of the Arts.
This picture became part of Gauguin's many years of research and his creative interpretation of Polynesian mythology. The main figure, called taaroa, the central figure of the Maori pantheon, the creator of the world, about which the artist writes in his work Ancien Culte Mahorie. In honor of him, the two girls on the left bring, and the two girls on the right perform a ritual dance.
The ingenuity of the artist and his sources of inspiration are obvious here. The repeating white clothes of Tahitians, very reminiscent of Egyptian, dancing figures, as if hanging in the air, and a deity depicted exactly in accordance with the myths that so fascinated Gauguin. The three naked figures in the foreground, apparently, personify creation, their sluggish poses (the figure on the right is even in a pose similar to the embryo's pose) testifies to the overwhelming energy of the god behind them.
In the foreground are reflected the curves of their figures and the headdress of God's feathers. The water is filled with curious amoeba-like forms, which may be rocks, or perhaps shadows that have come from somewhere unclear. It can be assumed that these are just decorative forms, designed to give the composition its mood and rhythm. However, many art critics find synthetic simplifications of Brittany's photographs taken in 1888 and 1889 here. Gauguin stylizes them to an almost complete abstraction.
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