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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was one of the most important artists of the
late nineteenth century, and one whose work was to have a profound
influence on the development of art in the twentieth century. He began
as an Impressionist --he contributed with major works to five of the
eight Impressionist exhibitions between 1879 and 1886--, but went on
to develop a most richly-coloured style in his constant search for
pristine originality and unadulterated nature.Both David Sweetman and
John Richardson --his main biographers--remark that Gauguin's
posthumous retrospective exhibitions at the Salon d'Automne in Paris
in 1903 and an even larger one in 1906 had a stunning and powerful
influence on the French avant-garde and in particular on Pablo
Picasso's paintings. "He was always loath to admit Gauguin's role in
setting him on the road to primitivism", Richardson said.This concise
monograph collects the most important works by Gauguin, not only of
his best known paintings of Tahiti in which the artist attempted to
reconstruct the perfect life which he had failed to find in reality,
but also of many powerful works that reflect the artist's contact with
other seminal early modern masters like Van Gogh or Cézanne.

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