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Paul Gauguin

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin

Full Name: Eugène Gauguin
Profession: Painter and Sculptor


Biography: The French Post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin came to art later in life after a career as a stockbroker. Gauguin was 40 when he became a full-time artist in 1885.

In 1888 Gauguin spent 9 weeks painting with Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in Arles. It was after the two quarrelled that van Gogh famously chopped off his ear.

Gauguin made his first trip to Tahiti and French Polynesia in 1891 where he developed his mature style drawing on "primitive" and western art forms and often depicting Tahitian women as his models. Gauguin returned to Paris in 1893, before returning to Tahiti in 1895.

Gauguin is regarded as a pioneer of the Symbolist art movement and a significant influence on the Fauvism and Expressionism movements that followed.

Born: June 7, 1848
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: May 8, 1903 (aged 54)

Married Life

  • 1892-01-11 Painter Paul Gauguin marries Teha'amana, a 13-year-old Tahitian girl

Historical Events

  • 1888-12-23 Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping
  • 1891-04-01 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti
  • 1891-06-09 French painter Paul Gauguin arrives in Papeete, Tahiti
  • 1895-06-28 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves France for Tahiti for the second time
  • 1901-09-16 French painter Paul Gauguin settles in Atuona in the Marquesas Islands