Gauguin is known for works in which the dream and reality coexist. The “mischievous joke” is a prime example of this. Two sitting with a red dog women occupy a central place in the picture.
Images of mysticism and an enchanted world are created by women in the background who worship the statue. Despite the fact that the work was not accepted with enthusiasm at the time, Gauguin considered it one of the best of his works.