Paul Gauguin


In researching Paul Gauguin’s life for this post, I came across these four lovely videos from the National Gallery of Art, which tell Gauguin’s story much better than I could. Each is short; altogether it takes a little over half an hour to watch all four.

The Tahitian paintings are the ones that come to mind when I think of Gauguin, but many of his earlier paintings are very charming and more realistic.

Suzanne Sewing, 1880
Susanne Sewing, Paul Gauguin, 1880
Still-Life with Fruit and Lemons (c. 1880)
Still Life with Fruit and Lemons, Paul Gauguin, 1880
Martinique Landscape 1887
Martinique Landscape, Paul Gauguin 1887

I think Paul Gauguin was not a very nice man, at least not toward his wife. They had four children, but Paul was always going off and leaving them and his wife behind. In Tahiti, he took 3 child brides.

The Swineherd, Brittany (1888)
The Swineherd, Brittany, by Paul Gauguin 1880
Painter's Family in the Garden in Rue Carcel, 1881
Painter’s Family in the Garden in Rue Carcel, Paul Gauguin 1881
La Bergère Bretonne, 1886
La Bergère Bretonne, Paul Gauguin 1886

And now we go to Tahiti.

Tahitian Women on the Beach (1891)
Tahitian Women on the Beach, Paul Gauguin 1891
Sacred spring, sweet dreams, 1894
Sacred Spring, Sweet Dreams, Paul Gauguin 1894
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Paul Gauguin 1897
Two Tahitian Women (1899)
Two Tahitian Women, Paul Gauguin 1899

I love all of these paintings. Gauguin is considered one of the leading Post-Impressionists. He was a major influence on Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque, among others.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

3 responses »

  1. I first became aware of Paul Gauguin many decades ago, when I saw a made-for-television movie about his life starring David Carradine. I find his work quite beautiful, but his life rather tragic. The tragedy of his life, as I recall, was mostly his own doing. So many great artists of all types wound up that way, but then so many didn’t. David Carradine, for that matter, was an actor who did some really good work (but not always) whose personal life also appeared to be a bit of a mess. Life imitating art, I guess, or vice versa.

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