Gauguin Polynesia

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Destitute and discontented with European civilization, post-impressionist Paul Gauguin abandoned France for Tahiti in 1891. He resided in Polynesia for the rest of his life and there created some of his most important works, among them By the Sea, Two Women of Tahiti, Ave Maria, and his 1897 masterpiece Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
 
While there have been many biographical and critical studies of Gauguin, few ...

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Destitute and discontented with European civilization, post-impressionist Paul Gauguin abandoned France for Tahiti in 1891. He resided in Polynesia for the rest of his life and there created some of his most important works, among them By the Sea, Two Women of Tahiti, Ave Maria, and his 1897 masterpiece Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
 
While there have been many biographical and critical studies of Gauguin, few have focused specifically on the extent to which the art and culture of Polynesia influenced his work. Featuring more than sixty of Gauguin’s depictions of Polynesian life, including paintings, sculptures, and sketches of the people and places he encountered there, this book fully articulates the extent of that influence. Alongside Gauguin’s works are an equal number from Polynesian artists that exemplify the dynamic relationship between European and Polynesian art throughout the nineteenth century, as well as the overall development of art in the Pacific during that era. Twelve insightful essays by leading scholars in art history and ethnology shed additional light on Polynesian art before and after Gauguin.
 
A balanced contextual analysis of Gauguin’s works and the Polynesian art that influenced—and were influenced by—them, Gauguin Polynesia promises new and exciting insights into both bodies of work.

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"The contributors to this volume have successfully transformed the often-romanticized topos of Gauguin and the South Seas into a more nuanced assessment of what constituted the Polynesia of the artist's imagination and the one that he actually encountered during his visits and final residence there in the 1890s. The range of inquiry is broad, from Gauguin's introduction to Polynesian culture at the Javanese Pavilion at the Paris World Fair in 1889 to the history of French colonial experience in the South Pacific in the eighteenth century. As a result, the discussion of Gauguin's dependence on indigenous art is precisely informed: often, one is shown what motif from which native artifact Gauguin employs in his painting, scultpture, or drawing. The selection includes a great many unfamuiliar works and numerous contemporary photographs of people and sites that Gauguin knew intimately. This is an important addition to the Gauguin lierature. Highly recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783777442617
  • Publisher: Hirmer Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Greub is the founder and director of the Art Centre Basel, and the editor of several exhibition catalogs.

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Table of Contents

Forewords
      Flemming Friborg, Director, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
      Derrick R. Cartwright, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, Seattle Art Museum 
      Michel Buillard, Member of the French Parliament and Mayor of Papeete
Acknowledgements
Maps of Polynesia
Introduction: Gauguin and Polynesia: Encounter of Two Worlds
      Suzanne Greub

1. From Denmark to Brittany to the Caribbean and Back
A Danish Start? Paul Gauguin and the 'Primitive' 
      Flemming Friborg
2. The Paris World Fair, 1889
Gauguin and the Paris World Fair: Imagining the 'Studio of the Tropics'
      Douglas Druick and Peter Zegers
The participation of the 'Établissements Français de l'Océanie' at the World Fair in Paris in 1889
      Véronique Mu-Liepmann
3. Setting the Polynesian Stage
Art and Culture in 18th and 19th-Century French Polynesia
      Carol S. Ivory
Handsome, Savage and Tattooed! The tattoos and ornaments of the inhabitants of the 'Land of Men' in Gauguin's day and before
      Marie-Noëlle Ottino-Garanger
4. Gauguin's First Stay on Tahiti
The First Stay on Tahiti, June 1891–June 1893
      Isabelle Cahn
On 1890s Tahiti
      Anne D'Alleva
5. Gauguin's Interim Stay in France and His Second Voyage to Tahiti with a Stopover in Auckland, New Zealand
Felicitous Interbreedings
      Stéphane Guégan
Gauguin's Auckland Visit
      Bronwen Nicholson
6. The Marquesans and Paul Gauguin
Remixing Paradise: Gauguin and the Marquesas Islands
      Elizabeth C. Childs
Shifting Visions in Marquesan Art at the Turn of the Century
      Carol S. Ivory
7. Contemporary Worlds
Contemporary Worlds: Artists in the Pacific Respond to Gauguin
      Caroline Vercoe

Index of Exhibited Works by Paul Gauguin
Index of Exhibited Polynesian Works
Polynesian Object Descriptions
Picture Credits
Imprint

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