A painter’s grave

“Life is merely a fraction of a second.
An infinitely small amount of time
to fulfill our desires, our dreams, our passions.” – Paul Gauguin

A smooth black boulder daubed with white paint bears the simple inscription: Paul Gauguin, 1903. The tidy grave is covered with blocks of red volcanic tuff, cemented together and shaded from the French Polynesian sun by a solitary frangipani tree. Beside his tomb stands a replica sculpture of Oviri, The Savage.

Gauguin’s final resting place is a tranquil corner of the Calvaire Cimetiere (Calvary Cemetery) on a hill overlooking the village of Atuona on the lush island of Hiva Oa, in the remote Marquesas archipelago.

The artist is buried in the fecund soil of the “land of men”, or Te Henua Enana as it’s known locally. This archipelago at “the farthest end of the world”, isolated by the limitless expanse of the Pacific Ocean, is where the troubled, ailing painter journeyed in his quest for peace and refuge. Contact me for complete article