Unique photographs of Gauguin in Tahiti discovered
Before that, ten years earlier, Blau’s wife Maria, when comparing Gauguin’s self-portraits and his earlier photographs, first identified the artist in a Tahitian group photograph. The name of the photographer and the date of the image were then unknown, and Gauguin specialists could not clear up the situation. Now, as the album have been recently acquired by the Blau, the answers are found. It has another print of the same image in it with the name of the photographer on the back, 'Agostini', who was a friend of Gauguin. And it dates the print to 19 July 1896. The album also includes another image of Gaugin with a Tahitian woman and already known image of the artist’s house in Tahiti.
Pahura, depicted on the painting 'Women on the Seashore' (Motherhood), 1899, bore a baby boy, whom Gauguin named Emile after his first son. The other baby of Gauguin and Pahura, a girl, was born earlier, in 1896 and died in infancy. The artist and his 20-year Tahitian woman broke up in 1901: Pahura did not want to leave for Marquesas Islands with Gauguin.