A painting of two Tahitian women by Paul Gaugin, called Nafea Faa Ipoipo? or When Will You Marry?, recently became the most expensive artwork ever sold, fetching nearly £300m at auction. In 1891, a year before the artist made the work, he was writing about his experiences of the island and its people in a diary he titled Noa Noa.
'Under the continual contact with the pebbles my feet have become hardened and used to the ground. My body, almost constantly nude, no longer suffers from the sun.'
To read an extract from the diary in Lapham's Quarterly, click on the image below