Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin - Biography
Among the most important French artists Paul Gauguin definitely occupies one of the first ranks. Among the most outstanding accmplishments of the unresting artist is the continuation and development of Impressionism, which was predominant in his early work and was strongly influenced by Camille Pissarro. He took Impressionism to post-impressionism by adding notions of Synthetism, which Paul Gauguin attained in the 1880s in the Brittanic town of Pont-Aven. This style was particularly characterized by an image concept that emphasized the surface and increasingly neglected perspective. The colorful surface and strong lines made for independent emotional and enunciative values - features that already point to Expressionism. Paul Gauguin created many of his masterpieces in the South Sea, where especially Tahiti as his paradisiacal place of yearning provided him with manifold inspirations. Paul Gauguin's dream of the South Sea paradise, however, should not become true for him, as he died there lonely and punished by fate. Besides paintings, Paul Gauguin's oeuvre comprises sculptures and graphic works and can be admired in the world's most renowned museums.