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Gauguin is a traveler, a French postmodern artist, who rejected the image of reality existing, which the realists wrote, and the soul movements that the impressionists tried to capture, and instead created to reveal certain immutable laws of the universe, characteristic of him.
Gauguin traveled a lot in his life. Until seven years, he lived with his mother in Peru, and for the rest of his life he remembered carelessness, customs, climate and experienced a soul craving for the south. Already an adult, a family man, he went to Tahiti, where he wrote almost eighty paintings, among which are “Are you jealous?”, Which grew out of a scene he had seen on the seashore.
Two Aboriginal sisters, having bathed and settled down on the shore, talked, rejoicing in a sunny, clear day and their own youth. Suddenly, a controversial erupted among the memories, forcing one of the girls to crouch in the sand and exclaim aloud: "Ah, you are jealous!" From this, accidentally seen, a piece of other people's lives, a picture grew up, which Gauguin called at one time the best of those that were written to him.
The space of the picture seems endless. Blue-black-red spots of the sea merge with sand and a tree that shelters the girls from the sun. Frivolously red dresses are thrown off. One of the girls lies in the sand, lazily covering her belly with her hand and squinting her eyes, the second - obviously exclaiming - is sitting, looking at her sister. Her figure is drawn more clearly, one hand on her knee, a wreath of white flowers in her hair, a blue ribbon is woven into them.
Both girls are naked, but this is not at all embarrassed. In their world, nudity is nothing shameful and strange - on the contrary, it would be strange to climb into the sea in clothes. Their bodies are cast with iridescent bronze, their faces bear all the features characteristic of the people of their people - a slightly flattened profile, narrow eyes.
Portrait of Ida Rubinstein Serov