Gaugain painted this piece during his three year stay in Tahiti. Gaugain travelled there in 1891 and then returned to France in 1893. Before his arrival to Tahiti, Gaugain had expected paradise. Instead he found that poverty and sickness ran rampant following Tahiti's French colonization. Gaugains first paintings in Tahiti were inspired by real people and scenarios. This painting is one of the first in which Gaugain used his imaginary techniques to portray the scene. This painting is Gaugain's interpretation of what Tahiti may have been like before colonization took place. The Seed of the Areoi was painted in 1892 and its medium is oil on burlap.