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                        Paul Gauguin (1886 – 1903)                        
Paul Gauguin /Eugène Henri/ was a French postimpressionist painter whose
lush color, flat two-dimensional forms, and subject matter helped form the
basis of modern art.
Gauguin was born in Paris on June 7, 1848, into a liberal middle-class
family. After an adventurous early life, including a four-year stay in Peru
with his family and a stint in the French merchant marine, he became a
successful Parisian stockbroker, settling into a comfortable bourgeois
existence with his wife and five children.
In 1874, after meeting the artist Camille Pissarro and viewing the first
impressionist exhibition, he became a collector and amateur painter. He
exhibited with the impressionists in 1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, and 1886. In 1883
he gave up his secure existence to devote himself to painting; his wife and
children, without adequate subsistence, were forced to return to her family.
From 1886 to 1891 Gauguin lived mainly in rural Brittany (except for a trip to
Panama and Martinique from 1887 to 1888), where he was the center of a small
group of experimental painters known as the school of Pont-Aven. Under the
influence of the painter Émile Bernard, Gauguin turned away from
impressionism and adapted a less naturalistic style, which he called
He found his inspiration in the art of indigenous peoples, in medieval stained
glass, and in Japanese prints; he was introduced to Japanese prints by the
Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh when they spent two months together in
Arles, in the south of France, in 1888. Gauguin's new style was characterized
by the use of large flat areas of nonnaturalistic color, as in Yellow Christ
(1889, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York).
In 1891, ruined and in debt, Gauguin sailed for the South Seas to escape
European civilization and “everything that is artificial and conventional.”
Except for one visit to France from 1893 to 1895, he remained in the Tropics
for the rest of his life, first in Tahiti and later in the Marquesas Islands.
The essential characteristics of his style changed little in the South Seas;
he retained the qualities of expressive color, denial of perspective, and
thick, flat forms.
Under the influence of the tropical setting and Polynesian culture, however,
Gauguin's paintings became more powerful, while the subject matter became more
distinctive, the scale larger, and the compositions more simplified. His
subjects ranged from scenes of ordinary life, such as Tahitian Women, or On the
Beach (1891, Musée de Orsay, Paris), to brooding scenes of superstitious
dread, such as Spirit of the Deadwatching (1892, Albright-Knox Art Gallery).
His masterpiece was the monumental allegory Where Do We Come From? What Are We?
Where Are We Going? (1897, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), which he painted
shortly before his failed suicide attempt. A modest stipend from a Parisian art
dealer sustained him until his death at Atuana in Marquesas on May 9, 1903.
Gauguin's bold experiments in coloring led directly to the 20th-century Fauvist
style in modern art. His strong modeling influenced the Norwegian artist 
Edvard Munch and the later expressionist school.