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Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) had a series of unsuccessful ventures in finance, the French Navy, and as a salesman. He started painting in 1873 and exhibited alongside Pissarro, Degas, and Monet three years later. Known for his tempestuous nature, Gauguin referred to himself as a "savage". His tumultuous friendship with Vincent van Gogh reached a breaking point in 1888, when van Gogh confronted him with a razor blade and later mutilated his own ear. Following the completion of his midcareer masterpiece Vision After the Sermon (1888), Gauguin sought escape in Tahiti to embrace the authenticity and freedom he craved.

In Tahiti, Gauguin found inspiration in the island's nature, people, and figurative images, resulting in a prolific output of vibrant paintings and prints. His distinctive Primitivist style, seen in works like Woman with a Flower (Vahine no te Tiare, 1891) and Sacred Spring: Sweet Dreams (Nave Nave Moe, 1894), exuded radiant color and sensual depictions of Tahitian women. Gauguin passed away alone on the Marquesas Islands, with his personal belongings scattered in a local auction. It was only when a discerning art dealer curated and showcased Gauguin's work in Paris that his profound influence emerged, captivating avant-garde artists like Picasso and Matisse.

This book provides an essential introduction to Gauguin's colorful life, from his participation in the Impressionist salons of 1870s Paris to his final days in the Pacific, characterized by productivity and unwavering passion.

    • English edition
    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Published in 2017
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 inches  (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.5 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.24 lb (19.8 oz; 562 g)
    • SKU010002442 | 9783836532235

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    Paul Gauguin

    About the Artist

    Paul Gauguin

    Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903) was a French painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer, whose work has been primarily associated with the Post-Impressionist and Symbolist movements. He was also an influential practitioner of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms. While only moderately successful during his lifetime, Gauguin has since been recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinct from Impressionism.

    Paul Gauguin in the Chrysler Museum

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