Embarking on a journey through a life painted with as many varied strokes as his canvases, Paul Gauguin entered the world on June 7, 1848, in Paris. The threads of his early years wove through vibrant cultures and tragic losses, from the exotic landscapes of Lima, Peru, to the depths of grief with the passing of both parents. The sea called to him in these tumultuous times, and Gauguin, perhaps seeking solace, joined the Marine, sailing away from the familiar.
After a phase working amidst the Parisian bustle as a stock broker, a path that even led him to the marital embrace of Mette Sophie Gad in 1873, Gauguin's soul sought a different kind of wealth – one of colors, forms, and expression. His evolving friendship with Pissarro heralded a transformative era of Impressionist endeavors, which, intertwined with journeys to diverse locales like Brittany and Martinique, began to reshape his artistic voice.
Ultimately, the rich, untamed hues of Tahiti captivated Gauguin, his works emanating with the vivacity and spirit of the island, bringing him into the annals of modern art mastery. After engaging with fellow luminaries such as Van Gogh in Arles and absorbing the rustic allure of Provence and Brittany, his brush found a novel expression in a genre that seamlessly melded Impressionism with an avant-garde, expressionistic sensibility. Gauguin, along with peers like Cézanne and Munch, breathed a different life into art, steering its course towards new horizons until his own journey ended in 1903.
Wall art prints and famous paintings by Paul Gauguin