Those of you who follow this blog will know that the second venue for the Gauguin exhibition is the National Gallery of Art in Washington. I met some of my NGA colleagues a few days ago, to walk round the exhibition and talk through how the show will look there, once all the works of art arrive in the US next February. The NGA have a fantastic collection of Gauguin works of art (the famous Breton clogs for example…) many of which are in our exhibition, including this mysterious painting Parau na te Varua ino (‘Words of the Devil’). It is hanging in Gallery 7 called ‘The Eternal Feminine’. Gauguin was fascinated by the figure of Eve, often interpreted in Western art as a Biblical femme fatale. Here she is shown as a young Tahitian woman, who seems to be covering herself ‘in shame’, a reference perhaps to the moment when Adam and Eve, after eating from the Tree of Knowledge, become aware that they are naked and hide from God (Book of Genesis). Mind you, that’s just one interpretation of this painting. Do you have another? Let me know!