French artist Paul Gauguin painted The Brooding Woman (‘Te Faaturuma’ in Tahitian) during his first period living in Tahiti in 1891. The composition is sparse, focusing attention the central figure of a woman deep in thought, perhaps melancholy. The downcast head of the dog in the background would seem to confirm this mood. Gauguin painted a number of similar genre works while in Tahiti.
Paul Gauguin’s The Brooding Woman is in the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.