Paul Gauguin

Barbara J. Feldman

Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8,1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist recognized after his death for his use of colors and as a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. He was contemporary of Vincent Van Gogh, and his work influenced Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

  • Biography: Paul Gauguin5 stars

    "Famed French artist Paul Gauguin, born in Paris on June 7, 1848, created his own unique painting style, much like he crafted his own distinctive path through life. Known for bold colors, simplified forms and strong lines, he didn't have any art formal training. Gauguin instead followed his own vision, abandoning both his family and artistic conventions." This Biography Channel synopsis includes quick facts, a biography and a full-episode video about Gauguin and Van Gogh's friendship, rivalry, and art work.

  • BrainyQuote: Paul Gauguin Quotes5 stars

    "Art is either plagiarism or revolution." Enjoy a different perspective on Paul Gauguin with this collection of short quotes, and nary a painting or sculpture in sight. "There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite." Each quote is accompanied by a series of social share buttons, including one that allows you to create an image from the quote.

  • Met Museum: Paul Gauguin (1848–1903)5 stars

    "Paul Gauguin styled himself and his art as 'savage.' Although he began his artistic career with the Impressionists in Paris, during the late 1880s he fled farther and farther from urban civilization in search of an edenic paradise where he could create pure, 'primitive' art." Visit this virtual exhibit for a slideshow of Gauguin's work, a biography, a timeline, and a collection of thematic essays, about topics such as Post-Impressionism and Symbolism.

  • MoMA: Paul Gauguin5 stars

    "Following the stock-market crash of 1882, Gauguin lost his bank job. Having no income, he envisaged supporting himself by his painting and took his family from Paris to Rouen and then to Copenhagen, where he worked as a salesman for a canvas manufacturer. He spent a miserable year in Denmark in 1885: neither his parents-in-law, who took the couple in, nor the Danish public appreciated Impressionist painting." Visit MoMA's site for an in-depth biography, and a slideshow of Gauguin's work.

  • National Gallery of Art: Paul Gauguin5 stars

    "In 1891 his rejection of European urban values led him to Tahiti, where he expected to find an unspoiled culture, exotic and sensual. Instead, he was confronted with a world already transformed by western missionaries and colonial rule. In large measure, Gauguin had to invent the world he sought, not only in paintings but with woodcarvings, graphics, and written works." Click "Start Tour" for an annotated look at six Gauguin paintings from the National Gallery of Art.

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Paul Gauguin." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 27 May. 2014. Web. 2 Aug. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/paul-gauguin/ >.


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