These Tahitian women are all glammed up and look so beautiful. Starting from the viewer's left side, the first lady is dressed in a black elegant gown, the second one is in a beige gown, the third lady is in a blue gown, the fourth one is in an orange gown, and the last one is in a mustard yellow gown. These women are bare-footed and seem to be pausing for a photo or a particular moment. Taking a closer look at them, the two women on the right seem to be in a talk. Three of the five women have their right hands placed on their chests as if making a gesture, while the other two are uninformed. Near the lady in a mustard-yellow dress is another lady with an orange and yellow sheet wrapped on her waist. She has a light blue top and doesn't seem to fit in the group.
In the far end, two men can be seen bending towards the left side and making motions to walk. Between them are blue things that one could mistake for a load or big fish. The environment looks serene and quiet. Beyond the men, viewers can see a large mass of water peering through the forested area. This painting is among the most inspirational works by Paul Gauguin. The women are seated in a sequence and are aligned in one direction without any overlaps. None of them is in contact with each other. They have rigid gestures, and their hands have almost the same formation. The portrait seems like the subjects were coached on how to sit and their eyes' movement as it is all in a rhythmic arrangement. It is a harmony that had never been seen in any of Paul's work.
Paul loved to translate all his life features and observations into painting. Through artwork, he was able to create a simple mood and use different styles to spike reality. He had a way of bringing out primitivism in his artwork while still maintaining dignity. According to analysts, the image was of prostitutes who mostly gathered at the market place in Papeete. They stayed in the open in order to seduce and get men to like them. While he portrayed the native Tahitians and how they dressed, other analysts felt that he expressed the Western culture. Today, the painting is located at the Kunstmuseum Basel and is celebrated as Paul's masterpiece.