Cloth “Loss of Innocence” post-impressionist Paul Gauguin painted by the artist during the acquisition of a new “homeland” in Oceania – the island of his long-standing dream – Tahiti. It can not be said that the canvas fully embodies the spiritual state of the forty-three-year-old author. Viewing causes conflicting feelings. On the one hand, it is an indisputable masterpiece from the point of view of Gauguin’s creativity in world culture, on the other – naive narrative, ironic, funny in the sense of a caricatured interpretation of the philistine’s conclusions.
Gauguin, as usual, works with contrast. As required by Impressionism, the artist prescribed the shady nuances with an admixture of violet, avoiding the black pigment. But, unlike classical painting, “Loss of innocence” has a number of details with a clear outline of the silhouette, for example a dog that lies on the girl’s shoulder, the boundaries of the hills against the sky, etc. Such an outline does not contradict the technique of impression. The color solution of the picture, despite the abundance of red shades, is close to cold temperature.
The absence of highlights and semitones gave “Innocence” a planar character. There is incredible naivety in the work, both in the display and in the plot itself. Let’s switch now to the direct analysis of the narrative. According to the ancient tradition of Oceania, the deprivation of innocence was a ritual rite. The best friends of the groom obliged themselves to take part in the sacrament of the “first night” before the wedding, just before the beginning of the ceremony. In other words, the groom was the second after a group of guys called friends.
To perform this action, the bridegroom was taken far away from the village, and then returned to the victim. Judging by the work of Gauguin, the unfortunate ninny was forgotten in the same place where the rite of consecration took place in future wives. There she is, the crowd of friends in the background is leaving the young lady left without feeling. A faithful dog guards the faint of his mistress, and a fragile flower in the fingers of the “victim” hints at the loss of yesterday’s childhood.
The plot, despite the efforts of the author and the scene that has the right to live on the “wild” traditions in the opinion of a contemporary, turned out to be a ridiculous likeness of the illustration of “Crocodile”. Actually, the palette itself hints at the playful mood of the author.