Paul Gauguin Biography

Born on June 7th, 1848 in Paris, France, the legendary artist Paul Gauguin initially trained in Impressionism, from whence he ventured beyond to forge a pioneering path towards a different artform, known broadly as Symbolism. As the Impressionist movement reached its zenith in the late 1880s, Gauguin delved into novel colour theories and semi-decorative artistic approaches. Notably, he collaborated with Vincent Van Gogh during a vividly colourful summer in the south of France before decisively distancing himself from Western society.

Having already forsaken a former career as a stockbroker, Gauguin embarked on a regular journey to the South Pacific in the early 1890s. It was there that he cultivated a distinctive style that harmoniously blended everyday observations with mystical symbolism. This approach was greatly influenced by the alluring "primitive" arts of Africa, Asia, and French Polynesia, which held considerable popularity. Gauguin's bold rejection of his European roots, societal norms, and the Parisian art scene in favor of a secluded existence in a realm foreign to him came to embody a romantic archetype ofthe artist as a wandering maveric.

Gauguin died on May 8th, 1903 in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia...