Words of the Devil (Parau na te Varua ino)
Genre: Oil on canvas
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Aug-04-2000
A naked young Tahitian woman standing in a lagoon tries to cover her genitals with a kerchief as she becomes uncomfortably aware of the presence of an ominous-looking clothed spirit figure kneeling behind her. The lush exotic landscape punctuated with phosphorescent foliage, fauna, looming tree, serpentine forms, and the outline of a barely discernible thin hand representing the artist adds to an atmosphere of mystery and malevolence. Below the artist's signature and date in black on the canvas is inscribed in orange the title, "Parau na te Varua ino."
This painting was done in 1892.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.