Life & Developing Style Of Paul Gaugin Essay by The Research Group

Life & Developing Style Of Paul Gaugin
Traces Gauguin's life, associations with other artists, & artistic career. Focus is on what he intended to be his final work: WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHAT ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? The scene, elements, & composition are described.
# 17701 | 2,025 words | 5 sources | 1989 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Art (Painting) , Art (General)


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"Paul Gauguin painted his "Whence come we? What are we? Whither go we?" during his second stay in Tahiti, and it is a vast work that embodies the themes and images that he made his own based on his trips to Tahiti. This is a massive work which today is found in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was painted in 1897 during a period of despondency, and the work can be seen as an expression of the inner turmoil experienced by the artist. The painting's underlying sense of mortality is spiritually oriented and can be seen as a statement by the painter of his sense of devotion to nature, to Tahiti, to the people and to the life he lived there. It reflects the artist's mood and in a sense foreshadows his attempted suicide."

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