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    What are the Most Interesting Facts about Paul Gauguin?

    What are the Most Interesting Facts about Paul Gauguin?


    Gauguin's full name was Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin. His father was French and his mother was Spanish-Peruvian. Gauguin was a mariner and also worked as a stockbroker before being an artist. Other than a painter Gauguin was also referred as a sculptor, print-maker, wood engraver, ceramist and even an author. He was brought up in Lima, Peru until he was 7 and moved back to France with his family. Despite the fact that he learned the French language after moving, his favored language was Spanish. Gauguin is recognized as a pioneer of the symbolist development and a source of Fauvism. Here are some interesting facts about Gaugin's life.

    What are the Most Interesting Facts about Paul Gauguin?/Self Portraits, (1888), Paul Gauguin
    Self Portrait, (1888), Paul Gauguin 



    • Gauguin first began painting in 1873 to fight the stress of being a stockbroker. Furthermore, Gauguin also worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.

    • Although his work is today without a doubt among the most expensive on the planet, during his lifetime Paul Gauguin had to live with an enormously simple life. Also, chose to dedicate himself to craftsmanship, which implied embracing a more unobtrusive way of life.

    • Paul Gauguin took motivation from Japanese prints, their colors, and their topics.



    • Gauguin collected artistic creations, including crafted by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, and Camille Pissarro.

    • In 1874, Gauguin had the opportunity to meet Pissaro, and the artist willingly volunteered to show Gauguin different methods for drawing and painting. At this point, Gauguin had been a part of a social avant-garde circle, including Edouard Manet, Pierre Auguste-Renoir, and Edgar Degas.

    • Gauguin hated the colonialist system and the European state of mind. He in this way moved far from the city in search of the authentic and the primitive character that he yearned for. His rhetoric was totally contradicted to colonialist considering yet in the manner in which he admired the "primitive" his perspectives were obviously western and exotising.




    What are the Most Interesting Facts about Paul Gauguin?/ Woman with a Flower, (1891), Paul Gauguin
    Woman with a Flower, (1891), Paul Gauguin


    • In 1888, Gauguin founded the term "Synthetism", because of his works of art's formal components synthesized with feelings.

    • Some art historians assert that Gauguin had something to do with the mutilation of Van Gogh's ear. On December 23, 1888, at Arles, a violent argument occurred and Van Gogh even threatened Gauguin with a blade. It was on this notorious night that Van Gogh cut his ear with an extremely sharp razor blade. The next day, Paul Gauguin left Arles.


    What are the Most Interesting Facts about Paul Gauguin?/When Will You Marry?, (1891), Paul Gauguin
    When Will You Marry?, (1891), Paul Gauguin


    • His painting "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" (D'où venons-nous? Qui sommes-nous? Où Allons-nous?) Displays Gauguin's life. He utilized components found in his other artworks to make the substantial fresco.

    • In 1891, he moved to Tahiti to live among the natives and even married a native young lady and had one child.

    • Valued at 300 million dollars, Gauguin's composition "When will you Marry?" (Quand te maries-tu ?) was sold in 2015. At the time, it was the most expensive masterpiece in the world. It was surpassed in 2017 by "Salvator Mundi", which was sold for 450 million dollars.

    • Gauguin died because of stroke in 1903, and in 1906, his 227 paintings were displayed at the Salon d'Automne in Paris.




    What are the Most Interesting Facts about Paul Gauguin?/ Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, (1897), Paul Gauguin
    Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, (1897), Paul Gauguin









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