Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin was first a sailor, then a successful stockbroker in Paris. In 1874 he began to paint at weekends as a Sunday painter. Nine years later, after a stock-market crash, he felt confident of his ability to earn a living for his family by painting and he resigned his position and took up the paintera€™s brush full time. Following the lead of CAczanne, Gauguin painted still-lifes from the very beginning of his artistic career. He even owned a still-life by CAczanne, which is shown in Gauguina€™s painting Portrait of Marie Lagadu. The year 1891 was crucial for Gauguin. In that year he left France for Tahiti, where he stayed till 1893. This stay in Tahiti determined his future life and career, for in 1895, after a sojourn in France, he returned there for good. In Tahiti, Gauguin discovered primitive art, with its flat forms and violent colours, belonging to an untamed nature. With absolute sincerity, he transferred them onto his canvas. His paintings from then on reflected this style: a radical simplification of drawing; brilliant, pure, bright colours; an ornamental type composition; and a deliberate flatness of planes. Gauguin termed this style a€œsynthetic symbolisma€.FAclix Vallotton (1865-1925) war ein franzApsischer KA¼nstler der Jahrhundertwende, dessen Werke bA¼rgerliche Konventionen hinterfragten und den Geschlechterkampf thematisierten.

Title:Paul Gauguin
Author:Victoria Charles
Publisher:Parkstone International - 2011-07-01


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