Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, print-maker, ceramist, and writer. His bold experimentation with coloring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art. Due to divorce and sudden life changes, he went into a depression stage which caused him to paint. Gauguin had five children and two had died. During his career, he spent 9 weeks with Van Gough. They had a rocky relationship and Paul tried to kill him, but Gough escaped and ended up in the hospital. They never spoke again. Paul Gauguin was later on sentenced to prison for taking the natives' side against French colonialists in French Polynesia. Before he started the sentence, he died at 11 a.m. on May 8, 1903 of an overdose of morphine and possibly a heart attack. His body had been weakened by alcohol. He was 54 years old.

Paul Gauguin



June 7, 1848 - Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin is born in Paris. 1851 - Family immigrates to Peru and his father dies.1857 - Returns to France and lives with his uncle in Orleans.1865 - Joins the merchant navy.1872 - Begins successful career as a stockbroker in Paris.1873 - Marries Mette Sophie Gad.1874 - Meets Pissarro.1876 - Debut in the Salon with Landscape at Viroflay.1880-1882 - Exhibits with the Impressionists.1882 - Loses his well-paying job as a stockbroker.1885 - Leaves his family in Copenhagen with Mette’s parents to return to Paris.1886 - Travels to Pont Aven in Brittany.1888 - Lives at Studio of the South for nine weeks.1891 - Leaves for Tahiti.1898 - Attempts suicide.1901 - Moves from Tahiti to the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.May 8, 1903 - Dies from a stroke.

Fame Upon Death

Some of Gauguin's Works

Tahitian Women On the Beach

Still life with Oranges

Road In Tahiti

Self Portrait


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