Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin was born in Paris and had no formal artistic training. He spent his early childhood with his mother in Lima, Peru. As a young man he worked on the stock exchange in Paris. During the French stock market collapse his wife with his five children left him, so he pursued painting as a full-time career. In 1891, Gauguin moved to Tahiti. He returned to Paris in two years, but in 1895 he made his second and the last voyage to Tahiti and Marquesas Islands, where he died at the age of 55.
Fame came to the artist after his death in 1906, when 227 of his works were exhibited in Paris. A crater on Mercury is named in honor of Gauguin.
Tahiti, ca. 1892-94
Take a look at the basket at the lower right – previously there was a dog. The skirt of the women in the foreground was of a different color – bright red. Gauguin worked on the canvas The Siesta for two years and made several changes to the painting. But all this time Gauguin’s inspiration remained unchanged – the serenity and charisma of Tahitian women. Currently this work is a part of the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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