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Artist a Day: Paul Gauguin

Artist a day! PAUL GAUGUIN  (1848-1903) Paul Gauguin was one of the captivating figures in the history of painting.

Oil on canvas, 92 x 72 cm, 1892

The Seed of the Areoi

Paul's Works

His works progressed from Impressionism to a colorful and persuasive symbolism, as seen in his 'Polynesian paintings.'

Oil on canvas, 66 x 89 cm, 1892

Are You Jealous?

Paul's Works

Matisse and Fauvism could not be explained without the works of Paul Gauguin.

Oil on wood, 72.9 x 51.3 cm, 1889

Self Portrait with  Halo and Snake

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Gauguin was unappreciated until after his death. The last ten years of his life he spent in French Polynesia.

Oil on wood, 72.9 x 51.3 cm, 1889

What's new?

Paul's Works

Now he is recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetic style distinct from Impressionism.

Oil on canvas, 70 x 46 cm, 1891

 Woman with a Flower

Paul's Works

French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin was an essential character in the Symbolist art evolution of the early 1900s.

Oil on canvas, 73 x 91 cm, 1888

Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers

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His use of bright colors, excessive body proportions, and abrupt contrasts in his paintings set him apart from his painting fellows.

Oil on canvas, 74.4 x 93.1 cm, 1888

The Vision after the Sermon (Jacob wrestling with the Angel)

Paul's Works

It opened the pave to the Primitivism art movement.

Oil on canvas, 139.1 x 374.6 cm, 1898

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

Paul's Works

In Tahiti in 1891, Gauguin took his first child "bride", a 13-year-old named Teha'amana, also know as Tehura.

Oil on canvas, 97 x 130 cm, 1896

The King's Wife

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She was his preferred model during his first two-year stay.

Oil on canvas, 68.3 x 91.5 cm, 1894

Day of the Gods

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His technique is an unambiguous sincere oil painting or woodblock print.

But for other works, it isn't easy to understand his process of creation.

Gauguin's most incredible discovery was his use of color.

He exercised not for its ability to mimic nature but for its dynamic qualities.

He implemented it in large flat sections outlined with dark paint, flattening space, and abstract form.

“Art is either revolution or plagiarism”  “Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power.”

Famous Quotes by  El Greco

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