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Paul Gauguin's paintings as a vivid example of post-impressionism

Paul Gauguin, the full name of Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin, was born on June 7, 1848. It is considered one of the largest representatives of post-impressionism along with such artists as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec. The direction of post-impressionism in the fine arts differs accented decorative stylization. Paul Gauguin's paintings are a vivid example of "island" decorativeness, due to the fact that the artist lived in Tahiti for a long time.


In 1870, Gauguin began to engage in amateur painting. Quite quickly, he succumbed to the all-absorbing style of conventional images with elements of certainty. Ten years later, the artist has already participated in exhibitions of the Impressionists. And approximately since 1983 he began to paint professionally. However, Paul Gauguin's paintings were not in demand, and he lived in need. Nevertheless, Paul actively worked, constantly was in search of new forms, a variety of which accompanied postimpressionism, as well as the expressionism, symbolism and modernity that came to replace it. The artist Gauguin, whose paintings will be sold at the largest auctions of the world after his death, barely made ends meet, but he did not let go of his hands, he worked day and night to earn his bread.

A family

The years of adolescence and adolescence of Paul Gauguin went to a family of political outcasts. His father was a journalist and led a column of political chronology in the journal Natsional, thoroughly imbued with republican radical ideas. Mother and all her numerous relatives preached utopian socialism. In 1849, the Gogen family boarded a ship sailing to Peru and left France. On the way, the elder Gauguin died of a heart attack. Left without a father, Paul was accepted into the family of relatives on the maternal line and was raised there until the age of seven. South America with its exotic nature made a strong impression on the little Paul, the boy was imbued with the charm of the colorful country of Peru and subsequently invariably felt a craving for the tropics.

Sea trips

However, in 1855 Paul Gauguin, being an eight-year-old child, went with his mother back to France for inheritance left by his father's brother. Mother and son remained in France, Paul went to school, and his mother Alina opened a sewing workshop. They stayed in Paris. When Paul was 17 years old, he enrolled on a long-distance ship as an apprentice pilot. For the next six years the young Gauguin will plow the seas and oceans, practically not stepping on the ground. During the sea voyages of the Field, his mother dies, leaving him an order, in which she advised her to get an education and make a career. Upon his arrival in Paris in 1872, Gauguin met his former mother friend, Gustave Aroz, who was a business man, and also collected paintings. Thanks to his recommendations, Paul was able to find a job as an exchange broker.


The life of the young man began to improve gradually, a year later he met a girl-Dane Sophie Gadon at a party in Gustav's family and married her. The couple had five children, they appeared one after another at intervals of two and a half years. Emil, Alina, Clovis, Jean-René and Paul. Soon began the formation of Gauguin as an artist, he acquired a workshop and came to grips with the fascinating process of painting. In a large family of French artists appeared a new name - Paul Gauguin. Paintings, the description of which caused critics some difficulties, could be considered for hours, trying to understand how this artist manages to depict the most ordinary objects in such an unusual foreshortening that gives them mystery.

First exhibitions

The first invitations to participate in exhibitions of the Impressionists Paul Gauguin began to receive in 1879. Paintings of Paul Gauguin were already perceived in creative circles as works of original and in some ways even unique artist thanks to the unusual manner of observing light disproportions in depicting the female body and contrasting combinations of "hot" colorful hues, completely devoid of halftones. Paul did not cultivate his own style, he even tried to imitate his friend Pissarro, but the manner of his painting was so individual that, on the contrary, Pissarro was fit to imitate Gauguin. In 1885, Paul met with the already famous Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, who would soon become an ardent admirer of his work, buy Paul Gauguin's paintings and support him in every possible way.

The death of the artist

In 1884 the family of Gogenov moved to Copenhagen, where Paul continues his work at the stock exchange. However, painting has become for him the meaning of life, therefore a year later, leaving his wife and five children, Gauguin returns to Paris. The next five years, Paul Gauguin, paintings with names that were met infrequently, and nameless drawings prevailed, trying to paint pictures for sale, but buyers are not. In the end, the artist leaves for Tahiti, away from civilization, where, in his own words, he "merges with nature." On Gauguin's island an unprecedented creative upswing begins, and during 1892 the artist writes 80 paintings at once. Then Gauguin marries a young Tahitian woman and works in full force, writes pictures, and engages in journalism. At some point the painter loses immunity and begins to suffer from tropical diseases. From one of them, Paul Gauguin soon dies.

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