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.
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.
And now we go to Tahiti.
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.