Trivium Art History
The Artists

Paul Gauguin1848 — 1903

In search of a lost paradise

In search of a lost paradise

Paul Gauguin styled himself and his art as "savage." Although he began his artistic career with the Impressionists in Paris, during the late 1880s he fled farther and farther from urban civilization in search of an edenic paradise where he could create pure, "primitive" art. Yet his self-imposed exile to the South Seas was not so much an escape from Paris as a bid to become the new leader of the Parisian avant-garde. Gauguin cultivated and inhabited a dual image of himself as, on the one hand, a wolfish wild man and on the other, a sensitive martyr for art. His notoriety helped to promote his astonishing work, which freed color from mimetic representation and distorted form for expressive purposes. Gauguin pioneered the Symbolist art movement in France and set the stage for Fauvism and Expressionism.

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Self Portrait in the role of Jean Valjean

Self Portrait in the role of Jean Valjean

1888

We’re in the presence of an unspoiled creature with the instincts of a wild beast. With Gauguin, blood and sex have the edge over ambition.

Van Gogh and Gauguin to Emile Bernard

1888
The Yellow Christ

The Yellow Christ

1889

For 2 months I’ve been working on a large sculpture , and I dare believe that it’s the best thing I’ve done up to now ... A monster who looks like me is taking the hand of a naked woman —

Gauguin to Vincent Van Gogh

1889
Woman in front of a Still Life by Cézanne

Woman in front of a Still Life by Cézanne

1890
In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse

In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse

1891
When will you marry?

When will you marry?

1892
Young Christian Girl

Young Christian Girl

1894
The Siesta

The Siesta

1892-1894
Portrait of a Young Woman - Vaite Jeanne Goupil

Portrait of a Young Woman - Vaite Jeanne Goupil

1896
Still Life with Teapot and Fruit

Still Life with Teapot and Fruit

1896
Nevermore (O Taiti)

Nevermore (O Taiti)

1897
Reo Tahiti (Vairaumati)

Reo Tahiti (Vairaumati)

1897
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

1897-1898
Two Tahitian Women

Two Tahitian Women

1899

The Writings of a Savage

1996
1801
Eggs for rich people
Peter Carl Fabergé
The vast loneliness of progress
Kobayashi Kiyochika 清親
Paul Gauguin
Sentimentality and Colonialism
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe
Elevating photography to emotional portraiture
Gertrude Käsebier
2000

The artists of Post-Impressionism