Paul Gauguin achieved a high public profile during his lifetime, and was one of the first artists of his generation to achieve international recognition. But his prominence has always had as much to do with the dramatic events of his life – his self-imposed exile on a remote South Sea island, his turbulent relationships with his peers – as with the appeal of his art.
Belinda Thomson gives a comprehensive and accessible account of the life and work of one of the most original artists of the late nineteenth century. Gauguin’s work – painting, sculpture, prints and ceramics – is discussed in the light of his public persona, his relations with his contemporaries, his exhibitions and their critical reception. His private world, beliefs and aspirations are revealed through his extensive cache of journals, letters and other writings. Fully updated throughout, drawing on the insights of thirty years of scholarship since its first edition, Thomson’s text remains the best introduction to this controversial and often contradictory artist.
Table of Contents
Introduction • 1. The Part-Time Painter (1848–1884) • 2. The Full-Time Painter (1885–1888) • 3. Collaborative Experiments (1888) • 4. Leader of the Symbolists (1889–1891) • 5. The Search for the Primitive (1891–1893) • 6. Confronting the Public (1893–1895) • 7. Definitive Exile (1895–1903) • Appendix to the New Edition – Gauguin Research since 1987