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I saw this series of prints at an exhibition in the Courtauld gallery called ‘Once Upon a Time…Artists and Storytelling.’ I thought they were particularly interesting because Gauguin had intended on visiting a place called Tahiti, after being disillusioned with the West. However, when he arrived the colony was not the unspoiled native society he had imagined, so instead he set about reinventing its mythology. In 1921, his son printed eight engravings of his ten original illustrations, the first print Te Po (above)

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