Te Rerioa




Te Rerioa

Date of Production



oil on canvas


Height: 95.1 cm (canvas)
Width: 130.2 cm (canvas)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Samuel Courtauld, gift, 1932


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


On display


Label Text

Te Rerioa was painted during Gauguin’s second stay in Tahiti. It shows two women watching over a sleeping child in a room decorated with elaborate wood reliefs. The figures do not communicate, heightening the sense of mystery. Gauguin meant the subject to be unclear. He wrote, ‘Everything is a dream in this canvas: is it the child? is it the mother? is it the horseman on the path? or even is it the dream of the painter!!!’ He inscribed the Tahitian word for ‘dream’ in the lower part of the composition but misspelled it: it should read ‘rereioa’.


Sent by Gauguin to Daniel de Monfreid, Paris 1897 (same as Nevermore); on deposit with Monfreid’s childhood friend, Dr Calmel, Béziers, in 1900; purchased by Gustave Fayet, Béziers in August 1903 for 3,300 French francs (with Te Arii Vahine and Rupe Rupe) and in his collection until his death in 1925; inherited by his son Léon; purchased by the dealer Paul Rosenberg, Paris in November 1928; purchased by Samuel Courtauld, London in July 1929 for £13,600; Courtauld Gift, 1932.

Exhibition History

Masterpieces of Impressionism from The Courtauld Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 10/09/2019-15/12/2019; Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya, Japan, 03/01/2020-15/03/2020; Kobe City Museum, Kobe, Japan, 28/03/2020-21/06/2020

The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, 20/02/2019-17/06/2019

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cezanne, National Gallery, London, 17/09/2018-20/01/2019 ...More

Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, Art Institute of Chicago, 25/06/2017-10/09/2017; Grand Palais, Paris, 09/10/2017-21/01/2018

Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the 20's, The Courtauld Gallery, 20/06/2013-08/09/2013

Gauguin and Polynesia, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24/09/2011-31/12/2011

Gauguin - Maker of Myth, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 21/02/2011-30/05/2011

Part of general displays, Los Angeles & California & USA, 09/05/2006-04/10/2006

Gauguin - Tahiti, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 29/02/2004-27/06/2004

Gauguin - Tahiti, Grand Palais, Paris, 30/09/2003-19/01/2004

Paul Gauguin: Paradise Lost, Essen & Germany, 01/06/1998-01/10/1998

The Courtauld Collection, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, 26/12/1997-12/05/1998 ...Less


Inscription: inscription : signed : bottom left centre : : TE RERIOA / P.Gauguin 97 / TAITI

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