Gauguin: Self Exile from La Belle Epoque Descriptive Essay by Madame Mimi

Gauguin: Self Exile from La Belle Epoque
This essay examines the life and development of artist Paul Gauguin and his self imposed exile from the "La Belle Epoque" movement in Paris.
# 146953 | 1,170 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2011 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting)

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This paper performs an in-depth examination of the career of the artist Paul Gauguin. The paper discusses his position both inside and outside of the the Paris art world and the La Belle Epoque movement beginning just prior to the 1890's. The paper continues on to examine Gauguin's period in Arles with Van Gogh and his development. The essay also takes a close look at his fascination with Tahiti, his stays there, his return to Paris, and the development of his artistic and philosophical vision up to the time of his death.

From the Paper:

"It was gay Paree just prior to the 1890's. In the heart of the developing Belle Ypoque Paul Gauguin was evolving as an artist, well known to other avant garde artists and writers. He spent an intense nine weeks philosophizing on and creating art with his disturbed friend Vincent Van Gogh in The Yellow House in Arles. Indeed, his planned departure may have inspired the infamous severing of Van Gogh's ear (Gayford 276-277). Theo Van Gogh was marketing Gauguin's paintings. Gertrude Stein was buying them (Hobson, 39, 47, 83). In 1888 Gauguin was not nearly as well known as the pointillist Seurat, but he was gathering a following of young painters who ``were all searching for a new art that did not yet have a name'' (Gayford 11). Gauguin, like these other youthful Belle Ypoque painters went far beyond the Impressionists in their rejection of the academic conventions of painting. Their works did not get exhibited in the Salon of the official art world, but rather in alternative galleries and spaces."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Wayne with the assistance of Barbara Klein. Gauguin's Paradise Lost. New York: Viking Press, 1971.
  • Eisenman, Stephen F. Gauguin's Skirt. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1997.
  • Gayford, Martin. The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, ans Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles. Little, Brown and Company, 2006.
  • Hobhouse, Janet. Everybody Who Was Anybody: A Biography of Gertrude Stein. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1975.
  • Huyghe, Rene. Gauguin. Naefels, Switzerland: Bonfini Press. 1978.

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