Ingo F Walther Gauguin: Basic Art Album

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Gauguin: Basic Art Album

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A Frenchman in Tahiti After starting a career as a bank broker, Paul Gauguin (born 1848) turned to painting only at age twenty-five. After initial successes within the Impressionist circle, he broke with Vincent van Gogh and subsequently, when private difficulties caused him to become restless, embarked on a peripatetic life, wandering first through Europe and finally, in the search for pristine originality and unadulterated nature, to Tahiti. The paintings created from this time to his death in 1903 brought him posthumous fame. In pictures devoid of any attempt at romantically disguising the life style of the primitive island peoples, Gauguin was able to convey the magical effect that both the landscapes and life of the natives--their body language, charm and beauty--had on him. Wearying of his reputation as a South Sea painter, Gauguin finally determined to return to France, but died of syphilis on the Marquis Islands before his departure. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

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I didn't think it could be done: A new collection of essays about Gauguin that contains original research and new conclusions. And important ones too, about gender, sex, vision, religion, power, identity and colonialism. This is a Gauguin for the 21st century! - Stephen F. Eisenman, Professor of Art History, Northwestern University, USA

The diversity of scholarly voices assembled by Norma Broude in Gauguin's Challenge provides a rich variety of perspectives on the artist's disputed colonialist imagery of the exotic French Polynesia of the 1890s. Just as Gauguin's postimpressionist art challenged the aesthetic, political, racial, and sexual standards of his day, so does his beautiful and disturbing art remain a challenge for us to face up to its complexities and contradictions. This passionate volume shows how productive the unfinished conversation on Gauguin can still be for artists, professors, students, and the general public. - Steven Z. Levine, Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College, USA

With Gauguin's Challenge Norma Broude succeeds in presenting a collection of insightful articles by diverse authors who analyze Gauguin's art and writing. Reassessing both the artist's work and historic persona beyond pioneering postcolonial and feminist critiques, this book contributes masterfully to advancing Gauguin studies. - --Ruth E. Iskin, Professor of Modern Art, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and author of The Poster: Art, Advertising, Design and Collecting, 1860s-1900s

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Ingo F. Walther (1940 2007) was born in Berlin and studied medieval studies, literature, and art history in Frankfurt am Main and Munich. He published numerous books on the art of the Middle Ages and of the 19th and 20th centuries. Walther s many titles for TASCHEN include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Art of the 20th Century, and Codices illustres.

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