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MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Clothbound, 9.5 x 11 in. / 372 pgs / 260 color / 80 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2004 p. 43   

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Gauguin Tahiti

Essays by George T.M. Shackelford, Claire FrÀches-Thory, et al.

Gauguin TahitiThe life of Paul Gauguin is one of the richest and most mythic in the history of Western art. A banker and “Sunday painter,” he left behind family and homeland and sailed to the South Seas, seeking a life “in ecstasy, in peace, and for art.” Gauguin Tahiti, the first major retrospective of the artist's work in fifteen years, offers an in-depth study of the fabled Polynesian years that have so defined our image of the painter. Alongside essays by leading American and French critics 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 of the artist's life, with the many epiphanies, frustrations and discoveries that make his time in the South Seas one of the most mythologically potent episodes in the history of 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 summation and crowning glory of his mature career, presented with unprecedented depth and authority. Over one hundred years later, Gauguin remains one of the most enigmatic and attractive figures of 19th-century art, the very pivot of modernism, and Gauguin Tahiti finally portrays this crucial period of his life in all its color and drama.

In 1891, Paul Gauguin wrote his wife, "May the day come—and perhaps soon—when I can flee to the woods on the South Sea island, and live there in ecstasy, in peace and for art. With a new family, far from this European struggle for money. There, in Tahiti, in the silence of the lovely tropical night, I can listen to the sweet murmuring music of my heart, beating in amorous harmony with the mysterious beings of my environment. Free at last, with no money troubles, and able to love, to sing and to die." 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.

Gauguin Tahiti

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

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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Gauguin: A Savage in the Making, Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings (1873-1888)

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Paul Gauguin: Where Do we Come From? What Are We? Where Are we Going?

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ISBN: 9780878467938
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