Collection: Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin – The Post-Impressionist Artist

Introduction

Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist, well known for his experimental use of synthetic style and color. Besides painting, Gauguin was also famous for sculpture, ceramics, and engraving. During the Symbolist art movement in the early 1900s, Gauguin was recognized as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. He is considered a unique artist because of his bold colors, exaggerated body proportions, and stark contrasts in his paintings.

Early Stage 

Paul Gauguin took birth in Paris, France, on 7 June 1848 but later moved to Peru. Later, eventually, Gauguin returned to France, took to the seas as a merchant marine. Gauguin even served for the French Navy for some time and then worked as a stockbroker. Arosa, who had a great collection, first aroused Gauguin’s artistic work. Gauguin started his artistic career with his fellow stockbroker. Finally, he started to begin his artistic career.

Famous Artworks and Paintings

During the 1870s, Gauguin’s Landscape at Viroflay was accepted for the annual exhibition in France, the Salon. Later, Paul started developing a taste for the contemporary avant-garde movement of Impressionism. In the 1880s, Gauguin has done many famous artworks; Still Life with Fruits and Lemons. This painting was the beginning of his career, showing Gauguin’s natural technical skills with brush and canvas. Four Breton Girls, the landscape visible in this work of Gauguin, suggests his root in Impressionism. In 1888, Gauguin painted a Self Portrait, Les Miserables, with other respective examples. In the same year, he reflected his talent in oil canvas painting named Vision After the Sermon (Jacob’s Fight with the Angel), which represents a significant departure from the subject of Impressionism. In 1889, he painted The Yellow Christ, a strong example of Cloisonnism and Symbolism. ManaoTupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch) is Gauguin’s famous work, like oil on canvas. Gauguin painted a story communicating painting in the late century; he named it Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? In the upcoming year, he departed from his usual Symbolist style to paint portraits of Tahitian women.

Final Days 

 During his last years, Gauguin spent his ten years in French Polynesia. He died at the age of 54. Gauguin’s art came to light after his death when an exhibition of his work was organized. 

 

 

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