Young Girl with Fan was painted two years before his 1903 death and during his residence on the Marquesas Islands, French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin paints the young girl holding her fan and dressed in white, the traditional local color of power and death. This confers on his model, the daughter of a chieftain, a goddess-like status. Despite the downward viewpoint, the girl gazes out beyond the picture space with a look of eternal wisdom. The space is flattened as is typical of Gauguin’s style – the world stylistically painted with symbolic intent.
Paul Gauguin’s Young Girl with Fan is in the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.