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Paul Gauguin Two Tahitian Women
Paul Gauguin was one of the most versatile artists of his time, but he is best known among art collectors for his Two Tahitian Women, also known as Gauguin Tahitian Women. In addition to painting, Gauguin was an accomplished sculptor, print-maker and creator of ceramics. Born 1848, he was not widely discovered until after his death in 1903. However, thanks to paintings like Two Tahitian Women and his many other works, he was a significant figure in the French avante garde movement of Post Impressionism. In fact, it is well understood by art historians that Two Tahitian Women influenced artists such as Picasso and Matisse.
Gauguin's father was a French journalist and his mother was the daughter of a left-wing Peruvian activist. Gauguin's father died during a passage to Peru, and the young artist lived in the country with his uncle's family. The Gauguin Tahitian Women show influence from this period of the painter's life. However, Tahitian Women and other works were to be long in coming, as Gauguin was only seven when he returned to Paris to live with his grandfather. His imagination had been stoked, and images of traditional societies would continue to permeate his thinking while he served in the Caribbean with the French merchant marine.
After a series of failed business ventures and a difficult marriage, Gauguin began to paint full time. For Gauguin Tahitian styles and customs remained of interest as he spent his days after 1885 as a full-time painter. The Gauguin Tahitian preoccupation was no barrier to him befriending other great artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, however. At last, in 1891, Gauguin resolved to flee European civilization by becoming a laborer on the Panama Canal -- and later, a writer in French Polynesia. The Gauguin Tahitian world was one to be imitated and admired. Gauguin paintings Tahiti demonstrate great respect for the subject matter, although some accuse Gauguin Tahitian Women of being an idealistic representation.
By 1895, Gauguin had departed France again, this time never to return. He spent much of his time in Tahiti - this marks the start of the Gauguin paintings Tahiti period. The most remarkable, Gauguin Two Tahitian Women, was completed in 1899. The central figures in this painting appear in two other known pieces by the artist. This particular one is a work of clear contrasts.
Gauguin Tahitian Women continues the painter's tradition of depicting Tahiti as a paradise, but the gazes of the women are confrontational. The influence of Manet's Olympia is clearly seen in Gauguin Tahitian Women. The dark palette with its dominant oranges, greens and browns can promote a relaxing atmosphere. ArtsHeaven.com is the only place where you can acquire top Gauguin reproductions that recall the sentiment of the artist as he originally painted.
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