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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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Georges Coulomb, Petit Mas, Painting

Georges Coulomb

Petit Mas, 2015
35 x 45.7 x 1 inch


Daniel Favre, Isabelle, Sculpture

Daniel Favre

Isabelle, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch


José Luis Ceña, Red cat, Painting

José Luis Ceña

Red cat, 2017
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch


Margit Mondhard, Danseuse I, Sculpture

Margit Mondhard

Danseuse I, 2013
16.5 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch


Nguyen Khanh Toan, Friends, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

Friends, 2006
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch


Lluís Barba, Women Hofer's family, Photography

Lluís Barba

Women Hofer's family, 2017
25.2 x 19.3 inch


Popay, Femme nue sur fond de ville, Painting


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


A.N.K., Africa, Sculpture


Africa, 2013
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.7 inch


Manolo Valdés, Chiara I with Gauguin collage, Print

Manolo Valdés

Chiara I with Gauguin collage, 2003
17 x 13 inch


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

Marcus Grus

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


André Even, Moulin à Pont-Aven, Drawing

André Even

Moulin à Pont-Aven, 1960
7.9 x 11 inch


Ricardo Mosner, La Femme au serpent, Sculpture

Ricardo Mosner

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


Linde Ergo, Enfant de la mer, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

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


Corneille, Les derniers feux du soleil, Print


Les derniers feux du soleil, 1994
29.1 x 24 inch


Bernard Pras, Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, 2010
63 x 47.2 inch


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


Corneille, Femme tropique, Print


Femme tropique, 1987
15.7 x 20.5 inch


Bethany Harper Williams, Sunny and Bright, Painting

Bethany Harper Williams

Sunny and Bright, 2018
25.2 x 25.2 x 1.6 inch


John Kenny, After the rains, Photography

John Kenny

After the rains, 2012
32 x 47 inch


Agnès Cellérier, Paysage du Tarn Puylaurens, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

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


Agnès Cellérier, Perspective sur le plateau, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

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


Brigitte Thonhauser-Merk, La forêt I, Painting

Brigitte Thonhauser-Merk

La forêt I, 2012
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch


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

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - 029A, 1994
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Ken Done, Toberua blue Chair, Painting

Ken Done

Toberua blue Chair, 2006
24 x 27.6 inch


Ken Done, Figures on a striped Towel, Painting

Ken Done

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


Agnès Cellérier, Pays de Cocagne 2, Painting

Agnès Cellérier

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


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


Ken Done, Summer from the Veranda, Print

Ken Done

Summer from the Veranda, 2000
20.5 x 28.3 inch


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

Charlotte Abecassis

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


Nguyen Khanh Toan, Enjoying the flowers, Painting

Nguyen Khanh Toan

Enjoying the flowers, 2006
39.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


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


Jacques Migayrou, Elles étaient trois, Painting

Jacques Migayrou

Elles étaient trois, 2015
44.9 x 57.5 x 2 inch


Jean Duquoc, Gros Temps, Painting

Jean Duquoc

Gros Temps, 2006
39 x 31.9 x 1 inch


Gérard Ricard, Le fruit défendu (Gauguin), Painting

Gérard Ricard

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


Simon Blau, Verre et pomme, Painting

Simon Blau

Verre et pomme, 2014
18.1 x 21.7 inch


Roberto Crispin Serra, Mulata esperando al artista, Painting

Roberto Crispin Serra

Mulata esperando al artista, 2009
23.6 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Bernard Pras, 164. Gauguin, Photography

Bernard Pras

164. Gauguin, 2013
58.3 x 47.2 x 2 inch

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Joanna Glazer, Sleeping Beauties, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Sleeping Beauties, 2014
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

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Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Une journée d'été, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

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

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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

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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

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Bruno Tremohars, Petit port en Bretagne, Painting

Bruno Tremohars

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

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Sandro Chia, Ange, Sculpture

Sandro Chia

Ange, 1998
31.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch

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