It is the loss of the primitive essence- the chair indicates the ‘modernity’ brought in by the West, and the painting on the wall reminds us of the ‘primitive bliss’ of Tahiti. The woman is caught inbetween. As simple, and as tragic, as that. Speaks for the dilemma of so many in the third world.
More on Paul Gauguin.
My thanks for reminding me of this painting to hamsafar Alok