Gauguin

Gauguin

by David Spence
     
 

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) lived an unusual life, even by the standards of an artist. He was a sailor, then a Parisian stockbroker, before becoming an artist and doing much of his best work in Tahiti. Here is a vividly illustrated survey of his life and work. Full color.  See more details below

Overview

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) lived an unusual life, even by the standards of an artist. He was a sailor, then a Parisian stockbroker, before becoming an artist and doing much of his best work in Tahiti. Here is a vividly illustrated survey of his life and work. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Ticktock Essential Artists" series presents six influential nineteenth-century French artists in a busy format combining text and reproductions on white backgrounds. The illustrations are liberally scattered across the pages and include extracted details. In four sections, art historian Spence explores each artist's world, life, vision, and influence. In this volume, young art lovers will meet Paul Gauguin, who came late to painting and left his wife, children, and job as a stockbroker to pursue his artistic vision. Always restless, Gauguin began painting peasants in Brittany. His style was influenced by Cloisonnism, Japanese prints, and the work of Cezanne. Finally, in pursuit of a sensual, oriental Eden, he fled to Tahiti. His distinctive style combined brilliant colors and young Tahitian models (often his mistresses) with echoes of western compositions; over time, his works became increasingly Symbolist in nature. Though he soon learned that European influence had corrupted the innocence of Tahiti, Gauguin convinced western admirers that he was portraying primitive life, appealing to their cliched concepts of South Sea culture and beautiful exotic women. Increasingly ill and frowned on by the French colony for his bohemian lifestyle, Gauguin turned to sculpting bizarre images of ghosts, spirits, and severed heads in clay. Even before his death at fifty-four, his paintings attracted collectors. His bold shapes and vivid colors influenced artists like Redon, Rousseau, Picasso, and Matisse. Crammed with information and reproductions of varying quality, this fascinating study works best if accompanied by volumes and DVDs showing the artists' work and, whenever possible, trips tomuseums to see originals. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764106255
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/09/1998
Series:
Barron's Great Artists Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.14(d)

Meet the Author

David Spence is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a manager at the National Maritime Museum.

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