In his work on this canvas Gauguin made use of a concrete motif later described in his diary Noa Noa. "There are two sisters on the shore - they have just had a bathe and are now resting on the sand in casual, voluptuous poses - talking about yesterday's love and the love that will come tomorrow. One remark provokes discord: What? Are you jealous?' " The artist wrote these words on the picture bottom left, reproducing the sound of the Tahitian words. He attached great importance to this canvas. "I did a wonderful nude painting recently, two women on the beach. I think it's the best thing I've ever done" (letter from Tahiti to a friend in 1892).