Paul Gauguin  (French, 1848-1903) 

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Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903) was a painter, print maker, and sculptor associated with the Post-Impressionist and Symbolist movements. He studied under Camille Pissarro (French, 1831–1903), and refined his artistic style amid other avant-garde artists in Pont-Aven, Brittany. In 1888, Gauguin moved to Arles in the south of France to join his friend Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) for two months, during which time they painted together. By 1891, Gauguin renounced urban values and traveled, hoping to experience a culture and place unmarred by Western ideals and priorities; these travels inspired a bold, new style in his artwork.

Known for his innovative use of color, Gauguin often used different hues to convey emotion, rather than represent nature as it really existed. One of his best known works from the 1890s, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897), features groups of Tahitian figures in a colorful, outdoor setting. Meant to be read from right to left, the symbols and imagery represent the stages of life and afterlife. Having a significant influence on the trajectory of Modern Art, his works are included in the collections of the Musée d''Orsay in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among many others.

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Paul Gauguin, Enfant Créole

 

Paul Gauguin
Enfant Créole
1891

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Paul Gauguin, Sailing Vessel in Moonlight

 

Paul Gauguin
Sailing Vessel in Moonlight
1878

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Paul Gauguin, La petite fille

 

Paul Gauguin
La petite fille
1893-1900

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Paul Gauguin, Personnages comiques, Gaspard et sa femme

 

Paul Gauguin
Personnages comiques, Gaspard et sa femme
1893-1900

Galerie Merrow
Paul Gauguin, Le Sourire (Trois figures et un renard)

 

Paul Gauguin
Le Sourire (Trois figures et un renard)
1893-1900

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Paul Gauguin, Le sourire (Homme portant des bananes suivi par deux chevaux)

 

Paul Gauguin
Le sourire (Homme portant des bananes suivi par deux chevaux)
1893-1900

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Paul Gauguin, Le Sourire (Femmes bavardant)

 

Paul Gauguin
Le Sourire (Femmes bavardant)
1893-1900

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Paul Gauguin, Te Faruru

 

Paul Gauguin
Te Faruru
1893-1900

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Paul Gauguin, Le Sourire

 

Paul Gauguin
Le Sourire
1899-1900

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Paul Gauguin, Mahana Atua

 

Paul Gauguin
Mahana Atua, 1894-1895
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Paul Gauguin, Te Po (La grande nuit)

 

Paul Gauguin
Te Po (La grande nuit), 1894
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Paul Gauguin, Les Dames de la Mer, Bretagne, from: Suite Volpini

 

Paul Gauguin
Les Dames de la Mer, Bretagne, from: Suite Volpini, 1889
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1848   Born: June 7, Paris, France
1851 - 1855   Lived in Lima, Peru
1865 - 1871   Served in the merchant marine and traveled the tropics
1874   Began to paint as a hobby
1884   Moved with his family to Copenhagen, Denmark, to pursue business
1885   Separated from his wife and children, returned to Paris to paint full-time
1887   Traveled with Charles Laval to Panama and Martinique
1891   Traveled to Tahiti
1899   Founded his own journal, Le Sourire
1901   Moved to the Marquesas Islands
1903   Died: May 8, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
2005   April 8 - June 19, "Special Installation: Prints by Paul Gauguin", The Clark
2002   June 18 - Oct. 20, "Gauguin in New York Collections: The Lure of the Exotic", Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1955   Sept. 30 - Oct. 26, "Paul Gauguin", Tate Britain
1906   Retrospective. Salon d'Automne. Paris, France.
1889   Group exhibition: Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard and Paul Sérusier; Café Volpini. Paris, France
1879 - 1886   Impressionist Exhibitions; Paris, France.