French Postimpressionist and Synthetist Paul Gauguin created paintings with bold colors, as well as drawings, pottery, and wood carvings. This biography discusses his childhood in Peru, education in France, time in the merchant marine and the Franco-Prussian War, introduction to the Impressionist movement and artists such as Camille Pissarro and Paul Czanne, exhibition at the Salon and with the Impressionists, move to Denmark with his wife and family, return to Paris, poverty, time in Arles with Vincent van Gogh, and travels abroad to Panama, Martinique, and Tahiti. Sidebars, a glossary, an index, and a phonetics section accompany easy-to-read text and full-color reproductions of Gauguins artwork, including Four Breton Women, By the Sea, Vision After the Sermon, The Yellow Christ, and The Meal.
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