Paul Gauguin by Howard Greenfeld

By Howard Greenfeld

A publication on post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), written particularly for younger readers. the writer tells the tale of Gauguin's existence and paintings in a method which should still attract these encountering the artist for the 1st time. The reader learns how Gauguin, a winning Paris stockbroker, left his relations to sail off to Tahiti on an inventive quest that produced the various past due nineteenth century's most pretty and unique work. Greenfeld conveys a powerful feel of Gauguin's character and leaves the reader with an knowing of his fight to turn into an artist of value.

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The artist probably lived in a similar hut while in Mataiea. 65 " so he continued to work the best he could to capture on canvas his vision of Tahiti and its people. His work, he knew, had suffered over the past months. Preoccupied with a need to earn money, he had not yet fully understood the natives among whom he lived. To remedy he undertook a trip through the this, more primitive hoping parts of the island, to gain greater insight into the character of the Tahitians, and hoping, find to too, a woman, with whom arrangements to vahine, live.

Made rich by the Man's imagination alone has enriched the dwelling with his fantasy. " months In September, three a home after his arrival, legendary Tahiti of the past. in the district of Mataiea, thirty miles down He Gauguin found the district far left Papeete and settled in the and more sailors It light trees. The view from trees. The people, too, were — warm, cheerful, and hospitable. seemed, and population of 516 water, the countryside thick with coconut palms, breadfruits, and ironwood delightful and more beautiful its and houses scattered among the palm was breathtaking: the dazzling blue his hut from Europe.

Apart. ceramic pots for a sum that would more than trip. Genuinely hopeful for the fall daunt much the privations now as that the future difwhen we are low. In the face of living, even meanly, I the French protectorate of Tonkin, in ity to not so became Gauguin's obsession. , is first time, Gauguin returned the next month But his optimism was short-lived, and soon everything began to On August a few days earlier 1, he learned that Vincent van Gogh had shot himself and had died in his brother's traught, admitted himself to a clinic two arms on July months later, and 29.

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