Behold the fright: Paul Gauguin, in year 1896, with a doctor and what appears to be his mistress Pahura.
Also, the Smithsonian article that relays this information includes Gauguin having syphilis. And they’re like, a national institution…I’m gonna believe ’em.
Remember when I said I was going to take back hating his work? Well (and, for the love of all, I don’t know when I’m even surprised), he looks like a trashed frat boy with this toga/laurel thing.
I do have to say, though: Pahura’s expression is everythingggggg.