"No," I told her.
"I don't think you have a Gauguin painting. Gauguin loved the intense
colors and exotic subjects of the South Sea Islands. He used broad, flat
colors to express his feelings. He once said, "A meter of greenness
is greener than a centimeter if you wish to express greenness." Your
mystery artist, on the other hand, used more naturalistic colors, plus shadows
and modeling, for a different look."
Detail of mystery painting
Detail of Gauguin painting
She smiled. "Tahiti does
look nice. It certainly looks like a warmer climate than in my painting!"
"Yes," I sighed.
I was due for a vacation, but I wasn't going to make it to Tahiti on an
art detective's salary. "So let's look at the other names on your list."