Paul Gauguin Paintings Oil Painting Reproductions
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Gauguin is best known as his place in art a post-impressionist painter who strived to use bright colors and exotic subjects as a way to represent a more progressive version of art that would later inspire the return of primitivism. Born in 1848 in Paris to a French father and a Spanish-Peruvian mother, his family fled to Peru when Napoleon achieved his victory. Four years later they returned to Europe and Gauguin seemed to be headed for any direction other than a career in art after he attended seminary, joined the merchant marine, became a stockbroker, and married a Dutch girl named Mette Sophia Gad. It wasn’t until Gauguin was 35 years old that he decided to became a full-time artist.
One of the most historically interesting moments in the career and paintings of Paul Gauguin occurred when he spent several weeks in Arles with Vincent van Gogh. However, the personalities of the two artists clashed and Gauguin returned to Paris when apparently, van Gogh threatened him with a razor. Soon, he grew tired of Impressionism and tried to create a style which would incorporate a richness of meaning and symbolic depth to set apart the paintings of Paul Gauguin from other artists who were practicing different styles at the time. One of the definite inspirations for Gauguin’s decision to pursue a more progressive style for his artwork was the reigning popularity of a style called Japonisme, often inspired by wood block prints, and in the oil paintings of Paul Gauguin, he thought that he could create a style which was similar, but very characteristic of his own ideas at the same time. One of the ideas which Gauguin was most focused on portraying within his artwork was the style he named synthetism which was a way of painting that used simplications of form, expressive pure color, and flat prominent outlines.
The Paul Gauguin paintings which display this aesthetic are very easily attributed to the artist because they differ quite greatly from the other movements occurring at the same time in art. During his lifetime, the paintings of Paul Gauguin never reached the level of fame and respect that he felt they deserved. Another great dividing factor between the Paul Gauguin oil paintings and those of many of his contemporaries is that he spent a great deal of time abroad; not simply elsewhere in Europe, but Gauguin spent a great deal of time in Tahiti and the most famous Paul Gauguin artwork reflects subjects, colors, and symbols evoked there.
His works would become an inspiration for modern and surrealist art of the future. Some of the most significant paintings by Paul Gauguin are: The Yellow Christ, Ia Orana Maria, Tahitian Women on the Beach, Te Matete, The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch, The Bathers, The Alyscamps, Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers, Night Café at Arles, and Words of the Devil. All of these paintings are clear representations of the slight variations in style that Gauguin embraced through out his artistic career.