Event Title

When Will You Marry?: Gauguin, Orientalism, Sexuality, and Women

Student Presenter Information

Jo-Ann Estes, Old Dominion University

Presentation Type

Event

Disciplines

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Description/Abstract

When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin is a statement of Gauguin’s views about the “civilized” West, the “uncivilized” Orient, women, sexuality, and oppression. Through the juxtaposition of two young Tahitian women, Gauguin expressed his view that the West was a corrupted civilization in regard to sexuality, specifically that European cultures were sexually oppressive of women. In contrast, he found non-western “primitive” societies such as Tahiti to be closer to his ideal of humanity because women in these cultures enjoyed sexual freedom. This work thus represents a rejection of the widely held views of European cultural superiority.

Comments

Faculty Mentor: Professor Martha Wyatt

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

13-2-2016 10:15 AM

End Date

13-2-2016 11:15 AM

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When Will You Marry?: Gauguin, Orientalism, Sexuality, and Women

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin is a statement of Gauguin’s views about the “civilized” West, the “uncivilized” Orient, women, sexuality, and oppression. Through the juxtaposition of two young Tahitian women, Gauguin expressed his view that the West was a corrupted civilization in regard to sexuality, specifically that European cultures were sexually oppressive of women. In contrast, he found non-western “primitive” societies such as Tahiti to be closer to his ideal of humanity because women in these cultures enjoyed sexual freedom. This work thus represents a rejection of the widely held views of European cultural superiority.