She is the author of numerous books and has organized several major exhibitions on Impressionist and post-Impressionist art. Bolero Ozon. Paul Gauguin : An Erotic Life. Nancy Mowll Mathews. In this penetrating and daring biography of Paul Gauguin , Nancy Mowll Mathews traces the themes of sex and violence through the artist's life, from the near-murderous quarrels of his grandparents, to his abusive treatment of his wife, to his sexual encounters in French Polynesia in the s. The book examines how Gauguin used these complex themes in his art and writings and how he carefully presented his erotic life in the autobiographical treatises Noa Noa and Avant et Apres
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Scott Neuman. A work by French painter Paul Gauguin, who died penniless in , has reportedly smashed the record books as the most expensive ever sold. The oil-on-canvas was produced in during Gauguin's first visit to French Polynesia. It features a pair of Tahitian girls seated next to a tree.
Paul Gauguin traveled the globe under the French flag. In his youth he was a sailor in the merchant marine, traveling from Paris to India to Peru; in his maturity, he was a stockbroker, an insurance executive, a tarpaulin salesman, and then, finally, a professional artist, moving from Paris to Copenhagen to Brittany to Martinique before finally traveling to French Polynesia. In his worldwide reach, he was an instrument of imperial France, seeking out the exotic and carrying with him the banner of la mission civilisatrice the civilizing mission. Yet in his actual rejection of bourgeois norms of behavior, and in his embrace of one exotic art style and then of another, he was an antagonist of nationalism and imperialism. Gauguin was born in Paris in but lived the first seven years of his life in Lima, Peru.
Paul Gauguin The Complete Works. His bold experimentation with coloring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential exponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.