From his striking views of French Polynesia to his bold synthesis of color, Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin served as a central figure in the rise of modern painterly expression. Alongside contemporaries such as Vincent van Gogh, Gauguin encouraged his late 19th-century colleagues to look at color in an entirely new way.
Gauguin was immediately distinct from many of the masters of his generation in that he was not a product of the great European academies: his profession was as a stockbroker, and his art was his hobby. Despite this unique beginning, Gauguin was an inherently gifted figure who, when given the tools and the support of key figures of his generation, such as Camille Pissarro, blossomed into an innovative and creative master. He dedicated his career to artistic innovation – he embraced all media and new modes of expression – while he sought inspiration from what he considered the untouched corners of the world. He wanted his art to have an air of the primitive, an aspect that served an essential vehicle for the vibrancy and intensity that his works would convey.
These themes come to life in some of his most iconic works – including examples such as The Vision After the Sermon, from his days in Brittany, to The Day of the God, derived from his time in the Tahitian islands – many of which are displayed in pixel-perfect detail in this digital volume. Buy your copy today and become absorbed into the rich colors of Gauguin’s oeuvre.