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Paperback, 9.5 x 11 in. / 380 pgs / 260 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 68   

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Gauguin Tahiti

Text by George T.M. Shackelford, Claire Frèches-Thory, et al.

Featured image, reproduced from <a href="9780878466665.html">Gauguin Tahiti</a>, is a manuscript page from <I>Noa Noa</I>, illustrated with a fragment of the woodcut "Ta Atua" (The Gods), a photograph of a Samoan woman, and a watercolor taken from ancient Culte mahorie representing Hiro, the god of thieves; in it, he rescues a virgin trapped in an enchanted forest by single-handedly ripping out the trees that hold her captive.Now in paperback, Gauguin Tahiti offers an in-depth study of the fabled Polynesian years that have so defined our image of the painter. Alongside essays on every aspect of Gauguin's art, from the legendary canvases to his sculptures, ceramics and innovative graphic works, are discussions of the Polynesian society, culture and religion that helped shape them; an in-depth biographical narrative, with the many epiphanies, frustrations and discoveries that make his time in the South Seas one of the most mythologically potent episodes in Western art; and a chronicle of his changing fortunes in the century since his death. At the center of it all is Gauguin's 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 one of the most enigmatic and attractive figures of nineteenth-century art, the very pivot of modernism, and Gauguin Tahiti portrays this crucial period of his life in all its color and drama. Of the hardback edition, John Richardson wrote in Vanity Fair: "This excellent catalogue sets the record straight." And writing in the New York Observer, Hilton Kramer declared it, "the most exhaustive account of the period that has ever been attempted in a single survey... well-written, scrupulously documented, and lavishly illustrated."

Featured image, reproduced from Gauguin Tahiti, is a manuscript page from Noa Noa, illustrated with a fragment of the woodcut "Ta Atua" (The Gods), a photograph of a Samoan woman, and a watercolor taken from ancient Culte mahorie representing Hiro, the god of thieves; in it, he rescues a virgin trapped in an enchanted forest by single-handedly ripping out the trees that hold her captive.

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FROM THE BOOK
"In the face of his contemporaries’ incomprehension, the hostility of critics, and the financial disaster of his artistic output, exile seemed the only solution. But more than this, Gauguin sought to rediscover his true Inca nature, which was 'rather inclined toward a primitive state'—that is, toward contact with natives who, he imagined, were unspoiled by Western civilization. And so, he stated in an interview shortly before his departure, 'I'm leaving so that I can be at peace and can rid myself of civilization’s influence. I want to create only simple art. To do that, I need to immerse myself in virgin nature, see only savages, live their life, with no other care than to portray, as would a child, the concepts in my brain using only primitive artistic materials, the only kind that are good and true.'"

Claire Frèche-Thory, excerpted from Gauguin Tahiti.

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