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Inspired by Paul Gauguin

‘Is this a country that I see, or am I dreaming?’


Born in Paris in 1848, Paul Gaugin was a post-impressionist French painter inspired by his travels to exotic destinations and their lush vegetation. He was a precursor to and latterly leader of the French modern art movement, alongside the likes of Cézanne and Munch.

A stockbroker until the crash of 1882, only his insatiable thirst for escape and discovery suggested that he might ever pursue a career as a professional painter. Son of a Hispano-Peruvian mother and a French communist father, Guagin had a middle class upbringing, although the family departed for Peru as early as 1849, fleeing reprisals from the regime.


After this first adventure abroad Gaugin was left with vivid memories of and a fascination for the vibrant colours of Latin America. From then on, he travelled as often as he could for as long as his finances permitted.


Under the influence of his tutor in France, following his mother’s death, he developed a keen eye for painting and 19th century contemporary artists, and later became one of the first collectors of the great impressionist painters, including Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and above all Camille Pissarro, to whom he became a close friend and disciple.

From July 1886 Gaugin took up residence in Brittany at Port-Aven, in what would become a huge artist’s colony, sometimes welcoming hundreds of artists, including Meyer de Haan, Sérusier and Filiger. He happily returned there time and time again for many years to develop his style of painting, which gradually evolved from symbolism towards synthetism. Gaugin’s work also inspired synthetists such as Mallarmé and literary symbolists.


In 1886, he met Vincent Van Gogh for the first time, and their friendship influenced some of his most beautiful canvases, such as ‘The Yellow Christ’ and ‘The Beautiful Angel’, before deteriorating dramatically into the ‘catastrophe’ of the 23rd of December 1888. On that fateful day the two men, until then great friends, had a violent argument following an artistic clash of judgement. Van Gogh threatened Gaugin with a knife, and the dispute famously culminated in him cutting off his own ear.

In 1981, a successful public sale of his works and a government mission allowed him to flee the ‘excessively civilised France’ for Tahiti. Gaugin was genuinely fascinated by the Maori people, and was able to outgrow his mentors with his paintings of Tahitian women which earned him great respect from his peers. He was able to capture the beauty of their colourful outfits and their exotic charm in dozens of oil paintings.


On his return to France he wrote ‘Noa Noa’, a guide to better understanding his Tahitian paintings. In 1895 he left again, this time for Papeete, where he further expanded his palette with the additions of indigo blue and lemon yellow. Struck down by syphilis, he lived out the last of his days on the Marquesas Islands in Hiva Oa.


Gaugin’s almost mystical works continue to inspire artists to this day. Following last winter’s retrospective at the Grand Palais, Artsper invites you to discover a unique selection of canvases and sculptures inspired by his works. Explore the work of Ken Don, Gérard Ricard, Perico Pastor, and many more…

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A.N.K., Africa, Sculpture

A.N.K.

Africa, 2013
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,813

Joanna Glazer, Sleeping Beauties, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Sleeping Beauties, 2014
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,724

Charlotte Abecassis, Nu à la fenêtre, Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

Nu à la fenêtre, 2015
15 x 18.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,264

Margit Mondhard, Danseuse I, Sculpture

Margit Mondhard

Danseuse I, 2013
16.5 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,677

Popay, Femme nue sur fond de ville, Painting

Popay

Femme nue sur fond de ville, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,068

Marian Adamczyk, Half-Nude Madzia, Painting

Marian Adamczyk

Half-Nude Madzia, 1995
24 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,379

Nguyen Khanh Toan, Friends, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

Friends, 2006
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,515

Lluís Barba, Women Hofer's family, Photography

Lluís Barba

Women Hofer's family, 2017
25.2 x 19.3 inch
Photography

$3,447

Carlos Aires, Punished, Sculpture

Carlos Aires

Punished, 2017
24 x 16.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,844

Manolo Valdés, Chiara I with Gauguin collage, Print

Manolo Valdés

Chiara I with Gauguin collage, 2003
17 x 13 inch
Print

$6,500

Lidia Wiencek, Portrait in a blue dress, Painting

Lidia Wiencek

Portrait in a blue dress, 2002
35.4 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$804

André Even, Moulin à Pont-Aven, Drawing

André Even

Moulin à Pont-Aven, 1960
7.9 x 11 inch
Drawing

$575

Marcus Grus, Les femmes d'Alger version P, Painting

Marcus Grus

Les femmes d'Alger version P, 2016
31.5 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$4,826

Ricardo Mosner, La Femme au serpent, Sculpture

Ricardo Mosner

La Femme au serpent, 1991
21.3 x 11 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,092

Jean Duquoc, Gros Temps, Painting

Jean Duquoc

Gros Temps, 2006
39 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$9,192

Richard T. Scott, Transcendence, Painting

Richard T. Scott

Transcendence, 2016
22 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,332

Corneille, Femme tropique, Print

Corneille

Femme tropique, 1987
15.7 x 20.5 inch
Print

$689

Bernard Pras, Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, 2010
63 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$6,205 $6,894

Hervé Di Rosa, Gauguin, Femme, Marquises avant le déluge, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Gauguin, Femme, Marquises avant le déluge, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$1,092

Our recommendations Bernard Pras, 164. Gauguin, Photography

Bernard Pras

164. Gauguin, 2013
58.3 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Photography

$10,341

Bethany Harper Williams, Sunny and Bright, Painting

Bethany Harper Williams

Sunny and Bright, 2018
25.2 x 25.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,953

Corneille, Les derniers feux du soleil, Print

Corneille

Les derniers feux du soleil, 1994
29.1 x 24 inch
Print

$1,092

Linde Ergo, Enfant de le mer, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Enfant de le mer, 2018
11 x 20.5 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,539

Agnès Cellérier, Paysage du Tarn Puylaurens, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

Paysage du Tarn Puylaurens, 2017
25.6 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,262

John Kenny, After the rains, Photography

John Kenny

After the rains, 2012
32 x 47 inch
Photography

$2,815

Agnès Cellérier, Pays de Cocagne 2, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

Pays de Cocagne 2, 2017
28.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,710

Agnès Cellérier, Perspective sur le plateau, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

Perspective sur le plateau, 2016
21.3 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$579

Agnès Cellérier, Paysage du Tarn, le long de la voie romaine, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

Paysage du Tarn, le long de la voie romaine, 2018
28.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,682

Corneille, Deux Femmes, Print

Corneille

Deux Femmes, 1991
63 x 41.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$3,217

Our recommendations Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - 029A, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - 029A, 1994
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Photography

$5,171

Bruno Tremohars, Moissons dans le Léon, Painting

Bruno Tremohars

Moissons dans le Léon, 2014
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,092

Bruno Tremohars, Petit port en Bretagne, Painting

Bruno Tremohars

Petit port en Bretagne, 2016
23.6 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$517

Ken Done, Toberua blue Chair, Painting

Ken Done

Toberua blue Chair, 2006
24 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$3,321

Ken Done, Figures on a striped Towel, Painting

Ken Done

Figures on a striped Towel, 2007
23.6 x 29.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,985

Ken Done, Summer from the Veranda, Print

Ken Done

Summer from the Veranda, 2000
20.5 x 28.3 inch
Print

$385

Mathilde Barazer de Lannurien, Jungle, Painting

Mathilde Barazer de Lannurien

Jungle, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,171

Charlotte Abecassis, Du côté de Paimpol (Série), Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

Du côté de Paimpol (Série), 2017
22 x 16.5 inch
Painting

$1,494

Charlotte Abecassis, Maternité, Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

Maternité, 2015
15 x 18.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,264

Charlotte Abecassis, Du côté de Paimpol (Série), Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

Du côté de Paimpol (Série), 2017
22 x 16.5 inch
Painting

$1,494

Jacques Migayrou, Elles étaient trois, Painting

Jacques Migayrou

Elles étaient trois, 2015
44.9 x 57.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$4,022

Nguyen Khanh Toan, Enjoying the flowers, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

Enjoying the flowers, 2006
39.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,366

Nguyen Khanh Toan, Look at my flowers, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

Look at my flowers, 2006
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,217

José Luis Ceña, Red cat, Painting

José Luis Ceña

Red cat, 2017
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,285

Daniel Favre, Isabelle, Sculpture

Daniel Favre

Isabelle, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,996

Paloma Kuns, Sans titre - 6, Painting

Paloma Kuns

Sans titre - 6, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$425

Gérard Ricard, Le fruit défendu (Gauguin), Painting

Gérard Ricard

Le fruit défendu (Gauguin), 2008
78.7 x 98.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,826

Paloma Kuns, Sans titre - 4, Painting

Paloma Kuns

Sans titre - 4, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$425

Paloma Kuns, Sans titre - 1, Painting

Paloma Kuns

Sans titre - 1, 2016
27.2 x 19.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,494

Mimi Rico, Bonjour Mr. Gauguin, Painting

Mimi Rico

Bonjour Mr. Gauguin, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,126

Samy Briss, L'oiseau messager, Painting

Samy Briss

L'oiseau messager, 2017
11.4 x 13.8 inch
Painting

$3,792

Simon Blau, Verre et pomme, Painting

Simon Blau

Verre et pomme, 2014
18.1 x 21.7 inch
Painting

$2,160

Sandro Chia, Ange, Sculpture

Sandro Chia

Ange, 1998
31.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,217

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Une journée d'été, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Une journée d'été, 2018
59.1 x 59.1 x 1 inch
Painting

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Ken Done, Model Sleeping Toberua, Painting

Ken Done

Model Sleeping Toberua, 2004
18.5 x 22.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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