In what style did Gauguin paint the artworks, Two Tahitian Women with Mango Blossoms?

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Paul Gauguin’s painting; Two Tahitian Women with Mango Blossoms is painted in a style called Cloisonnism.  This style involves areas of bright color surrounded by bold outlines.  Some areas of shading occur, but the colors are usually quite flat and bold. The final result of this particular style is a visual appearance similar to a stained glass window or a piece of cloisonné work.  The word Cloisonnism actually comes from the word Cloisonné which is defined by the eNotes/Oxford Dictionary as,

A decorative technique involving a metal filament bent into a desired design form and then superimposed on an enamel surface.

Objects decorated with this process have areas of solid enamel color surrounded by metal lines.

Gauguin was known for painting exotic scenes in a primitive way to emphasize the rawness and incorruptness of those who live their lives close to nature.  He used symbolic color to depict people, objects, and scenes, not as they appeared, but in a way that would express how he felt about what he was painting.

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