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Screenprint title Paul Gauguin's Straw Hut

Paul Gauguin's Straw Hut

Circa 1978
Screen print 40 x 33 centimeters
Collection National Gallery of Australia

This print is about the cheesy cliche of the allure of the tropics. When I read that Paul Gauguin sometimes worked from cheap postcards, I was delighted because it undermined the 'Gold Of Their Bodies' myth, and it was a strikingly modern artistic procedure. Here we see a randy Paul Gauguin appearing among the low hanging fruit ready to pounce on a native girl. I vaguely recollect that the image of the girl was from a old magazine where ethnography was used as an thinly disguised excuse to look at bare breasts.

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