Paul Gauguin’s Intimate Journals

Paul Gauguin, Emil Gauguin

Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals
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Paul Gauguin’s Intimate Journals

Paul Gauguin, Emil Gauguin

A beautiful facsimile of the earliest English translation of Gauguin’s  frank and entertaining memoir, written just before he died, in which  he reveals his most inner thoughts on art, life and love       

Unappreciated in his own lifetime, Paul Gauguin is now recognized as one of the giants of French post-Impressionism and a pioneer of early modernism. A rebel in both art  and life, he rejected his bourgeois upbringing and comfortable stockbroker’s job to  devote his life to painting. Eventually, dismayed by the `hypocrisy of civilization'  and in search of a primitive idyll, he left his wife and children behind in Paris and took  up residence in the South Seas, first in Tahiti and, later, in the Marquesas Islands.  He would never return to Europe.           

In the final months of his life, he wrote this witty and revealing autobiographical  memoir with the request that it be published upon his death. It first appeared in  the original French in 1918, and was translated into English three years later. As his  son Emile wrote in the preface, `These journals are an illuminating self-portrait of a  unique personality…. They bring sharply into focus for me his goodness, his humour,  his insurgent spirit, his clarity of vision, his inordinate hatred of hypocrisy and sham.‘  Wide-ranging and elliptical, these candid reflections reveal Gauguin’s inner thoughts  about many subjects, including frank views on his fellow artists back in Paris, his  turbulent relationship with Van Gogh, and the charms of Polynesian women, while  providing glimpses into his often far-from-idyllic life in the islands. This beautiful  facsimile reproduces the first American translation of the journals, a rare limited  edition privately published in New York in 1921 for a select group of subscribers.  With full-page sketches by the artist, these entertaining and enlightening musings  give us a unique insight into Gauguin the man and the artist.

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