When will you marry me?

When Will You Marry? (French: Quand te maries-tu?) is an oil painting from 1892 by the French Post impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. On loan to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland for nearly a half-century, it was sold privately by the family of Rudolf Staechelin to Sheikha Al-Mayaassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, in February 2015 for close to US $210 million (£155 million), one of the highest prices ever paid for art work. The painting was on exhibition at the Foundation Beyeler Riehen, until 28 June 2015.

Gauguin travelled to Tahiti for the first time in 1891, his hope was to find "An edenic paradise where he could create pure primitive art". Upon the arrival Tahiti was not as he imagined it: it had been colonised in the 18th century and atleast two-thirds of the indeginious people had been killed due to the diseases brought by Euorpeans, the "Primitive" culture had been wiped out. Despite this he paintes many pictures of naive women: dressed in traditional, Western( as in When will you marry me picture). As you look at the painting, you notice a younger woman in traditional dress stretches forward the ground. Behind her there is another woman in western style dress who raises her hand in a gesture of significance. The flower behind the girl’s ear is a traditional Tahitian symbol to indicate that the girl is single and is ready to get married.

The following are his famous paintings.

Tahitian women by Paul Gauguin    Yellow Christ by Paul Gauguin