Tuesday, 7 June 2016

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - PAUL GAUGIN

SISTERS 18" x 13" - SOLD COMMISSION BY SEA DEAN AFTER GAUGIN
PAUL GAUGIN

Born 8th June 1848 in France.

Although a great post-impressionist painter, Paul Gaugin is most famous for leaving his wife and running off to Tahiti, where he took up with a very young girl. Actually, this story is not quite accurate; in reality, his in-laws threw him out of their home where he had been living with his wife and children. He was not welcome back.

When Gaugin married he was a successful businessman with a good income, but the French stock market crashed in 1882 and his income dried up. In order to feed his family, he decided to become a professional artist. Forced to leave his family, he missed them terribly and tried to reconcile, but realizing it was hopeless, he sailed for French Polynesia. Divorce was rare, so taking a mistress was acceptable, but, where he went wrong was in choosing one so young. Tahitians have short lives and marry early, so it was also normal for a mistress to be young, but the French establishment was shocked.

Gaugin took up art as a stress relieving hobby, but when his financial career took a downturn, he thought he could be an artist. He had a productive life as an Impressionist before leaving France, but he was over 40 and longing for change when he moved to Tahiti. The different light and lifestyle made a radical difference to his choice of co                                                                               lor and subject matter. When his paintings finally made the long trip to Paris, his innovative work became a major influence on Picasso and Matisse.