The painting features two goats in the foreground, just at the bottom of this canvas. They appear to be occupied by some flowers and plants which appear in the very bottom left hand corner of this composition. Elsewhere we find some thick vegetation that was common in some of the islands in which the artist lived. At the very back we can also make out a slim beach with waves lapping along the shoreline. There is a tall figure who stands on the right hand side of this painting, but she stands in the shade and is not immediately obvious. Perhaps the goats are hers, and she is allowing them some freedom for a short period as they walk around the island. A path makes its way from the left hand side, and may have been specific to the woman's home. It is of a pinky brown tone which gives us an understanding of the terrain found in this location, as all of the grass seems to have been worn away by a combination of sunshine and human activity.
This painting was originally known as Tarari Maruru and came from the artist's second spell in Tahiti. He initially travelled to the island before returning to France but would never lose his passion for the region and would eventually return, ultimately staying permanently and devoting the rest of his life to the island. In return he would have seemingly endless inspiration for new paintings and he would rarely miss the western world, other than when supplies ran short. Gauguin can certainly be considered a unique figure within art history, as few people were willing to turn their back on the relative comforts of modern society and seek out a more primitive existence. Even today, it is hard to imagine many people doing this whilst enjoying successful careers in Western Europe. His boldness would be our gain, bringing an exciting world to our attention for the first time.
There were some breaktaking artworks to appear within this artist's oeuvre, with three of the most famous being Arearea, The Yellow Christ and Fatata te Miti. Gauguin arrived in Tahiti with his technical skills already complete, but it was the change in content and style which would help to provide an important chapter in his life. He would be bolder and more expressive whilst living here and also became particularly interested in the lives of ordinary local people, perhaps because of how their cultures were so different to what he was already used to. Today we can get so much from his paintings, in terms of how he pushed away from traditional European art, as well as his rejection of society in Europe for something for exciting and inspiring.