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Paul Gauguin by Howard Greenfeld

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By Howard Greenfeld

A e-book on post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), written specifically for younger readers. the writer tells the tale of Gauguin's lifestyles and paintings in a mode which should still entice these encountering the artist for the 1st time. The reader learns how Gauguin, a profitable Paris stockbroker, left his kin to sail off to Tahiti on an inventive quest that produced a number of the overdue nineteenth century's most pretty and unique work. Greenfeld conveys a powerful feel of Gauguin's character and leaves the reader with an knowing of his fight to develop into an artist of value.

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Gauguin had 45 lost two of his staunchest supporters. In desperation, he traveled to Paris in early Dr. November, only to learn that Charlopin no longer intended to buy his paintings. Art galleries, too, dis- appointed him, showing absolutely no interest in his work. Without Theo, his gallery part; Boussod and Valadon no longer cared to make any on the contrary, the new director asked Gauguin paintings he had none of left his friends efforts on his back the to take there on consignment. Furthermore, he learned that and colleagues would be able to join him in his escape to paradise.

This portrait of a radiant, voluptuous Tahitian a ripe mango in her right hand, is almost too pleasing. the artist's rich, vibrant colors. 60 1892 woman, holding Yet, it is distinguished by 61 was far beyond his means. During these months, Gauguin had become ill. too, Hospi- talized after starting to spit blood, he up by doctors told he had suffered a heart that attack. he was Unable pay his to bills, the hospital against their left orders. By May, the situation had worsened, as the artist's health, because of his inadequate deteriorated.

Van Gogh, up painting five years younger than Gauguin, had as a profession at the relatively late age of thirty, although he had drawn and sketched long before then. He, was an artist like with strong convictions, and both searched for expressing themselves through their art. Gauguin, new ways They were, because of this, of united by a feeling of isolation from the popular artistic movements of their time. Van Gogh had come brother, Theo, sold works of asm for few did to Paris in live with his devoted younger who worked in an art gallery.

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