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Paul Gauguin, painter of paradise on earth, died a day like today in 1903
7 May, 2017
Paul Gauguin Arearea, 1892 Joyeusetés (I) Joyousness (I) Oil on canvas, 75 x 94 cm Musée d’Orsay, Paris, bequest of M. and Mme Lang, 1961 Photograph © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
French post-impressionist artist Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903) is now recognized for his experimental use of color and his work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists.
Gauguin’s art was not appreciated until many years after his death. He was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. Gauguin’s remarkable creations tell of his quest for a lost paradise on earth, of his dramatic history as an artist who moved between different cultures during a life marked by passion and adventure.
We highlight here the exhibition that the Fondation Beyeler dedicated to his work last year, featuring Gauguin’s multifaceted self-portraits as well as the visionary, spiritual paintings from his time in Brittany, as well as the world-famous paintings he created in Tahiti.