Te Bourao II comes from a major cycle of nine Paul Gauguin paintings made in Tahiti and sent to Paris in 1898 as part of an exhibition dedicated to the artist at the Ambroise Vollard Gallery. Among these masterpieces was the iconic painting Where do we come from ? What are we? Where are we going ?. From this set, Te Bourao II remains the only one still in private hands; the other eight adorn the walls of the most prestigious institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg or the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
From 1898 to the present day, Te Bourao II has been featured in Paul Gauguin's main exhibitions around the Tahitian period around the world, at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, at the Museum of Art in Batum- lore, at the Grand Palais or at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. She even received a ten-year long-term loan at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, from 2007 to 2017.