The rest of the women are clothed but lack shoes. The group has eight women, three of whom are seated and involved in various activities. Among the three seated ladies, one eats the fruits; another on the far left side holds something in her hand while the third seated lady is on the right site and has a basket of food by her feet. The lady seen as the first image on the portrait has no top clothes and has wrapped her bottom body with a maroon sheet. She holds a bowl, supposedly of food, in her left hand, as her right hand holds her sheet on the waist. The earth in the area has an orange-red colour, and the trees have bright flowers. On the horizon, a viewer can see blue skies and some clouds, meaning that it was during the day.

While in Tahiti, Paul Gauguin made all his paintings have a Tahitian scene. The group is of young women, and they are gathering fruits from the branches of trees in the scene. They are on bare feet and firmly step on the orange-red ground. Analysts feel that the artist was trying to bring out the primitivism of Tahitian people at the time. He uses a perfect palette of colours to show the viewers the monumentality of the subjects' status postures and frozen elements. Gauguin was reputable for creating impressionism, such as Nave Nave Mahana. None of the women in the photo is smiling. They have frozen distant, silent, and solemn faces that depict isolation. Each of them is busy collecting fruits and produce to take back home or to their families.

During this time, the Tahitian women were the ones who fend for their families, unlike hundreds of years later when the men assumed the 'provider' roles. The painting holds a record for being Paul's first work to be purchased by a museum, Lyon Museum. The museum bought the work in 1913, even when the artist's work was still not widely accepted by the public and connoisseurs. Today, the museum is known as the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and still holds ownership of the painting. Other artworks by Paul include Women Bathing, Breton Bather, Le Bergere Bretonne, and Breton Girl.

Nave Nave Mahana in Detail Paul Gauguin