Paul Gauguin is plenty deserving. All those art history lessons through out the years…Paul Gauguin has always remained a favorite. I have always been intrigued by his painting style. The layers he builds up to create the image would seem flat on their own, but together become a bit sculptural, catching subtle changes in light. His use of color in the layering is bold and reflects the environment in which he worked many of his days.
also dig the fact that Mr. Gauguin produced many woodcuts in his lifetime. His style with the medium is also what draws me to be inspired by him. I like how he uses either alot of black or a lot of white. Simple shapes and hints of shapes emerging from the darkness or light, make his woodcuts, compositions to aspire to.
Gauguin was born in France, spent a stint of his childhood in Peru and then returned to France where he became a Stockbroker. Always interested in painting & art, he created in his free time. He was famously friends with Pissaro, Cezanne, & Van Gogh…which was a tumultuous relationship…some say Gauguin was responsible for the lopping off of Van Gogh’s ear. Gauguin eventually wanted to create full time and became frustrated with the European art scene. He was attracted to the art styles of Japan & Africa. He traveled to Martinque and the Panama Canal, and eventually settled in Tahiti, then moved on to Punaauia. In these places of nature & native people, he created many of his pieces that he is famous for. He eventually died at 54 as a result of his lifestyle.
Sometimes people like to criticize the artist for his lifestyle…well, to each his own…he left the world with his beautiful work & that’s good enough for me. Hope you enjoy the rest of his images here.