Sunday, January 06, 2008

Paul Gauguin

Gauguin - Breton Boys Bathing

Gauguin - Boys Wrestling

Gauguin - Boy Bather

Gauguin - Bathers

Gauguin - Breton Boy

Gauguin - Breton Boy in a Landscape

Gauguin - Breton Boy by the Aven River

Gauguin - Boy by the Water

Gauguin - Bananas (Gauguin was keen on symbolism)

Gauguin - Man with Axe

Gauguin - Manana

Painting by Charles Filiger

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a Post-Impressionist painter.

His most famous quote was: "I must confess that I am myself a woman." (Paul Gauguin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

In 1873, Gauguin married a Danish woman, Mette Sophie Gad.

In the late 1880s and early 1990s, Gauguin and his followers spent time in Brittany.

A close friend of Gauguin was Charles Filiger whose paintings of farm boys and Christ figures 'attests to his struggle with homosexuality and religion.' (glbtq >> arts >> Symbolists)

In Brittany, Gauguin also painted boys, often naked boys.

In Paris, in 1887, Paul Gauguin met Vincent van Gogh.

There has been speculation that Vincent felt sexually attracted towards Paul Gauguin.

Paul Gauguin is said to have flirted with Van Gogh, but to have preferred much younger men. (Paul Gauguin's erotic life - Page 3 - Salon.com)

By 1888, Gauguin and Vincent were living in Arles, in the South of France.

The same year, Vincent's friendship with Paul Gauguin came to a sudden end, and Vincent cut off part of his left ear.

In 1891, Gauguin sailed to the tropics (Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands) to escape "everything that is artificial and conventional."

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