Paul Gauguin – An versifier who had a quest for a lucid form of painting, which he believed had been lost and attempted all this life through diverse methods to restore.

The Story of Paul Gauguin is immensely cinematic and inspirational.

Paul Gauguin was one of a few ordinary men who could leave mundane life to realize and fulfill a dream.

While it was fully intentional that he be recognized as a Prophet of Art, he couldn’t have imagined that he would go vastitude that and be heralded by future critics as a underhand classicist who was true from the very whence versifier of unconfined talent.

Gauguin’s dream was not to be a painter known for exacting detail, but to be a precursor of a new age of originative expression and symbolism, specified not only by his art but by his character, reputation, essence, and aura

He built a legend virtually his life that may have at first been an act but later became a reality.

Gauguin’s sonnet has a strictly well-turned framework of horizontals and verticals to which the harmonious rhythms of the groups of figures remain subject.

The Birth of Christ by Paul Gauguin

The Birth of Christ by Paul Gauguin

One of his unconfined works – Te Tamari No Atua (The Birth of Christ) – a depiction of an island girl lying on her cot, a crib with oxen and a dog overdue her, two helpers in the background, mother and child encompassed by a gleaming aureole, is still as moving today as when it was painted.

From Everyman to Prophet to Master: The Evolution of The Prophet Gauguin

Though Gauguin wanted everyone to think he was “a savage”, his very life began in 1848 in Peru, where he was born to a journalist and his French-Peruvian wife, who herself was descended from Peruvian nobility. He was raised mainly in Lima, Peru, until he joined the Merchant Marine as a young man.

His days as a sailor took him to many ports of undeniability as far yonder as India and the Black Sea, but he was expressly entranced by Rio de Janeiro and the South American Continent from which he fancied his savage roots.

As he grew into manhood, he settled lanugo in Paris and became a financier at a local firm. He did well, married well, and became a person of means.

With his prosperity, he began a hodgepodge of Impressionist art, which spurred a passion in him that ignited him all of his life.

As a collector, he met Impressionists like Cezanne and Camille Pissarro and became enthralled with the idea of creating his art.

It was under Pissarro’s influence and tutelage that Gauguin became an artist.

The esteemed Impressionist invited the ventriloquist painter and stockbroker to walkout with his fellow Impressionists.

A little increasingly than a decade without Gauguin had begun painting as a side interest, the stock market crashed. Much to the displeasure of his wife and her respectable family, he rejected the status quo lifestyle of Europe and his place in it as a merchantry and family man and left ordinary life entirely in pursuit of the life of an artist.

Thinking that he could never find his lost paradise in the mundane conformity of European society, he went in search of it in exotic or rural locations.

He was on a mission of discovery that led him to Panama, Martinique, Brittany, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands.

paul gauguin self portrait

paul gauguin self portrait

He moreover explored exotic physical locations and spiritual and esoteric dimensions.

He lived and painted in the era of spiritualism and the occult, and he, with other artists such as Maurice Denis and Emile Bernard, embraced the idea of art as prophecy, creating a group known as the Nabis, the Hebrew word for ‘prophets’.

He believed that returning to the savage and native brought the art closer to a spiritual experience. He and his fellow Nabis moreover maintained that they were ushering in a new era of art – and they were.

He brought that philosophy to self-creation and wove stories and legends of his life and lineage as that of Incan savage rather than Peruvian nobility.

Gauguin created many unconfined works in far-flung locales, but he lost everything to do it. His wife and family had shunned him when their lives tabular from his neglect, and he didn’t have a penny to his name when he died. What he did have was his legacy.

Paul Gauguin’s Art, Style, and Legacy

The romance and drama of Gauguin’s life and the dreamy subjects of his paintings sometimes pull the viewer’s mind from the skill and execution of his work.

A underhand classicist, he was never far removed from the sophistication and eyeful of classicism, plane though that was never his intention.

Gauguin’s used unappetizing planes and unvigilant colors to elicit feeling in the viewer rather than a mere appreciation for a well-rendered piece of realistic art or the stimulating eyeful of the impressionists.

He wanted the viewer to engage with the subjects, not the art itself.

The prophet was not impressed with the European art world’s struggle at primitive art considering it neither hailed from nor represented any primitive source.

On the other hand, he traveled to Tahiti to create primitive art in a primitive place.

In his work Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), his nomination of sonnet and verisimilitude requite the feeling of such a place, and he doesn’t need nor use detail to impart the emotions of the inside subjects of the painting.

The anti-establishment pro-savagery platonic he sought is evident in the fragile sonnet that features three horizontal fields of verisimilitude juxtaposed with two figures placed one on top of the other in the very part-way of the canvas, breaking every rule of compositional placement.

This rule-breaking only adds to the feeling of the place and is completely appropriate, expressly in subtracting to the ebullient vein of the main subject.

Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) by Paul Gauguin

Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) by Paul Gauguin

The hopeful bride icon in the front is in a playful and anticipative pose while an older girl sits confidently behind.

The calming nomination of hue in the three fields of verisimilitude that make up the landscape brings the offset sonnet when into harmony and suggests peace, happiness, and the carefree joy of a simple place.

His philosophy of simple planes and wipe lines does not hinder his worthiness to capture the expression and feeling of the girls in the piece, and in fact, only enhances the effect.

Gauguin once written – “One must unchangingly finger the plane, the wall; tapestries need no perspective”

Indeed, the suggestion is all that is needed.

His colors, subject matter, and sonnet well-constructed the whole.

His many works succeed his ideals and bring the viewer into a spiritual and emotional place tropical to the cadre of the primitive mind.

His vein toward shape and plane influenced succeeding movements and artists in the Art Nouveau, German Expressionism, Fauvist, and Abstract movements.

His dissolute life, lattermost poverty, a heart condition, and swig had wrenched the spirit and ruined the soul of this seemingly indomitable, sturdy man during his last days.

But Paul was a man that workaday what so many have not, the fulfillment of a dream and the realization of his convictions into eternity.

Hey Paul Gauguin, You’re truly an inspiration to us!

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