Author(s): Belinda Thomson
Artist Paul Gauguin achieved a high public profile during his lifetime and was one of the first artists of his generation to achieve international recognition. But his prominence has always been tangled up with the dramatic and problematic events of his life--his self-imposed exile on a remote South Sea island and his turbulent relationships with his peers--as with the appeal of his art.
In this revised and updated edition, art historian Belinda Thomson gives a comprehensive and accessible account of the life and work of one of the most complicated artists of the late nineteenth century. Gauguin's painting, sculpture, prints, and ceramics are discussed in the light of his public persona, his relations with his contemporaries, his exhibitions, and their critical reception. His private world, beliefs, and aspirations emerge through his extensive cache of journals, letters, and other writings. Fully illustrated in color, and drawing on the new, more global conversation surrounding the artist, Gauguin is the definitive volume on this controversial and often contradictory figure.