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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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In time for Christmas
Margit Mondhard, Danseuse I, Sculpture

Margit Mondhard

Danseuse I, 2013
16.5 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,946

In time for Christmas
Henri Dufaux, Au bord du lagon à Moorea, Painting

Henri Dufaux

Au bord du lagon à Moorea, 1935
13.8 x 18.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 548

In time for Christmas
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

$ 5,179

In time for Christmas
A.N.K., Africa, Sculpture

A.N.K.

Africa, 2013
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 10,112

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Georges Coulomb, Petit Mas, Painting

Georges Coulomb

Petit Mas, 2015
35 x 45.7 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 5,056

Gérard Ricard, Le fruit défendu (Gauguin), Painting

Gérard Ricard

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

$ 5,179

In time for Christmas
Roberto Crispin Serra, Mulata esperando al artista, Painting

Roberto Crispin Serra

Mulata esperando al artista, 2009
23.6 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$ 863

In time for Christmas
Manolo Valdés, Chiara I with Gauguin collage, Print

Manolo Valdés

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

$ 6,500

In time for Christmas
Joanna Sarapata, Two friends, Painting

Joanna Sarapata

Two friends, 2020
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 9,865

In time for Christmas
Ricardo Mosner, La Femme au serpent, Sculpture

Ricardo Mosner

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

$ 1,172

In time for Christmas
George-Daniel de Monfreid, Portrait de Paul Gauguin, Print

George-Daniel de Monfreid

Portrait de Paul Gauguin, 1900
6.8 x 4.8 x 0 inch
Print

$ 6,043

In time for Christmas
André Even, Moulin à Pont-Aven, Drawing

André Even

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

$ 617

In time for Christmas
Bernard Pras, Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, Photography

Bernard Pras

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

$ 5,919

In time for Christmas
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

$ 1,172

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Jardin des délices, Print

Corneille

Jardin des délices, 1997
29.5 x 43.3 inch
Print

$ 1,850

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Composition pour les JO, Print

Corneille

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$ 987

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Femme à la fleur, Print

Corneille

Femme à la fleur, 1990
37.8 x 37.8 inch
Print

$ 2,035

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Femme tropique, Print

Corneille

Femme tropique, 1987
15.7 x 20.5 inch
Print

$ 740

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Femme au divan rouge, Print

Corneille

Femme au divan rouge, 1987
15.7 x 20.5 inch
Print

$ 740

Linde Ergo, Enfant de la mer, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

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

$ 5,241

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Les derniers feux du soleil, Print

Corneille

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

$ 1,172

In time for Christmas
Corneille, Paradise de femmes, Print

Corneille

Paradise de femmes, 1991
15.7 x 25.2 inch
Print

$ 617

In time for Christmas
Agnès Cellérier, Perspective sur le plateau, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

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

$ 660

In time for Christmas
Agnès Cellérier, Paysage du Tarn Puylaurens, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

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

$ 1,354

In time for Christmas
Agnès Cellérier, Pays de Cocagne 2, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

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

$ 1,835

In time for Christmas
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

$ 1,882

Vik Muniz, Glyptoteket (Reclining Tahitian Women, Gauguin), Photography

Vik Muniz

Glyptoteket (Reclining Tahitian Women, Gauguin), 2018
40 x 65 inch
Photography

$ 37,000

In time for Christmas
John Kenny, After the rains, Photography

John Kenny

After the rains, 2012
32 x 47 inch
Photography

$ 3,021

In time for Christmas
Bethany Harper Williams, Sunny and Bright, Painting

Bethany Harper Williams

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

$ 2,096

In time for Christmas
Brigitte Thonhauser-Merk, La forêt I, Painting

Brigitte Thonhauser-Merk

La forêt I, 2012
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 863

In time for Christmas
Ken Done, Toberua blue Chair, Painting

Ken Done

Toberua blue Chair, 2006
24 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,163

In time for Christmas
Ken Done, Summer from the Veranda, Print

Ken Done

Summer from the Veranda, 2000
20.5 x 28.3 inch
Print

$ 416

In time for Christmas
Charlotte Abecassis, Du côté de Paimpol (Série), Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

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

$ 1,603

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Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - 029A, Photography

Maurice Renoma

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

$ 5,549

In time for Christmas
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

$ 4,996 $ 5,551

In time for Christmas
Robert Delval, La rivière, Painting

Robert Delval

La rivière, 2001
18.1 x 21.7 inch
Painting

$ 2,775

In time for Christmas
Véronique Kraemer, Demain, Painting

Véronique Kraemer

Demain, 2019
59.1 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,417

In time for Christmas
Uwe Ommer, Haiti. From the Mani- Cartes Postales series, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Haiti. From the Mani- Cartes Postales series, 1993
27.5 x 35.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 3,500

In time for Christmas
Gernot Kissel, Mediterranean Landscape, Painting

Gernot Kissel

Mediterranean Landscape, 2003
25.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 8,326

In time for Christmas
Nguyen Khanh Toan, Friends, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

Friends, 2006
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,919

In time for Christmas
Nguyen Khanh Toan, Enjoying the flowers, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

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

$ 4,686

In time for Christmas
Daniel Favre, Demi-Lune, Sculpture

Daniel Favre

Demi-Lune, 2013
16.9 x 11 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 6,782

In time for Christmas
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

$ 3,453

In time for Christmas
Daniel Favre, Isabelle, Sculpture

Daniel Favre

Isabelle, 2015
17.7 x 19.7 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 8,940

In time for Christmas
Gernot Kissel, Bali, Women working in the Rice Field, Print

Gernot Kissel

Bali, Women working in the Rice Field, 1995
15.7 x 19.3 inch
Print

$ 541

In time for Christmas
Lluís Barba, Women Hofer's family, Photography

Lluís Barba

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

$ 3,700

In time for Christmas
Alain Bonnefoit, La tahitienne, Print

Alain Bonnefoit

La tahitienne, 1982
29.1 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 222

In time for Christmas
Maria Raytcheva, Malaysia, Painting

Maria Raytcheva

Malaysia, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,850

In time for Christmas
Véronique Kraemer, La Nuit la Ville est Bleue, Painting

Véronique Kraemer

La Nuit la Ville est Bleue, 2017
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,850

In time for Christmas
Cosmicg, La Tahitienne, Print

Cosmicg

La Tahitienne, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Print

$ 1,850

In time for Christmas
Maria Raytcheva, Amis, Painting

Maria Raytcheva

Amis, 2016
27.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 980

In time for Christmas
Maria Raytcheva, Malaysia II, Painting

Maria Raytcheva

Malaysia II, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,850

In time for Christmas
Jacques Migayrou, Elles étaient trois, Painting

Jacques Migayrou

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

$ 4,316

In time for Christmas
Simon Blau, Verre et pomme, Painting

Simon Blau

Verre et pomme, 2014
18.1 x 21.7 inch
Painting

$ 2,318

Our recommendations Bernard Pras, 164. Gauguin, Photography

Bernard Pras

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

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Joanna Glazer, The Night I Love You Ichijo Narumi, Painting

Joanna Glazer

The Night I Love You Ichijo Narumi, 2010
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Joanna Glazer, Sleeping Beauties, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Sleeping Beauties, 2014
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Mathilde Barazer de Lannurien, Jungle, Painting

Mathilde Barazer de Lannurien

Jungle, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Corneille, Nude, Print

Corneille

Nude, 1989
46.1 x 31.9 x 0 inch
Print

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Jean Duquoc, Gros Temps, Painting

Jean Duquoc

Gros Temps, 2006
39 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

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