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March 23, 2012

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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) had an interesting career as an artist. A Post-Impressionist, he had an infamous friendship with Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), living and painting with him, and possibly even being responsible for cutting off Van Gogh's ear in a drunken duel which Van Gogh may have covered up to protect his friend. Gauguin is perhaps most well known for painting in Tahiti, where he lived off and on at the end of his life, to escape from his society and culture. There is a bit of a self fulfilling mythical quality to Gauguin, and while I appreciate much of his art and influence I am conflicted about some of his actions, attitudes, and pieces.
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atucker  March 23, 2012

Gauguin's work is very colorful and sometimes a bit frightening.

cab10g  March 23, 2012

I actually totally agree. Sometimes I find it creepy how he depicts the natives but I also like his style and especially the use of color in those same pieces.

amarilloarmadillo  March 23, 2012

Great point about the colors in the "Tahitian Landscape"- they make it seem so much more vibrant.

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