A banker and “Sunday painter,” Paul Gauguin (1848‒1903) abandoned kith and kin and sailed to the South Seas, seeking a life “in ecstasy, in peace, and for art.” Gauguin Tahiti offers an in-depth study of the fabled Polynesian years that have so defined our image of the painter. At the center of it all is the 1897 masterpiece, "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?," the crowning glory of his mature career, presented with unprecedented depth and authority. Over 100 years later, Gauguin remains the pivot of modernism, and Gauguin Tahiti portrays this crucial period of his life in all its color and high drama.
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380 pages. 260 color and 80 b/w illust.
“A mind-stretching delight…makes us reconsider what we thought we knew about Gauguin” (New Criterion). “This excellent catalogue sets the record straight” (John Richardson, Vanity Fair).
“The most exhaustive account of the period that has ever been attempted in a single survey…well-written, scrupulously documented, and lavishly illustrated” (Hilton Kramer, New York Observer).
“May the day come—and perhaps soon—when I can flee to the woods on a South Sea island, and live there in ecstasy, in peace and for art,” Gauguin wrote to his wife in 1890. As history has shown,...