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The Writings of a Savage

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The life of Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), who abandoned his wife, five children, and a successful career as a stockbroker to paint in poverty in exotic Tahiti, is one of the legendary tales of the art world. Today he is recognized as a highly influential founding father of modern art, who emphasized the use of flat planes and bright, nonnaturalistic color in conjunction with s ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 22nd 1996 by Da Capo Press (first published 1974)
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Apr 04, 2013 Jack Fingon rated it it was amazing
I picked up Writings of a Savage again this evening, and realized this is one of those books you return to, especially if you like books where a master just opens up and shows what he's aiming for in his painting and in his life. If you don't have the guts to leave your family, or you wonder where that leaves a man, this is a fine read to shed some light on the mystery. Reading it at times is like being initiated into some voodoo ceremony. Other things about Gauguin that shine through his raw ob ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Margot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We follow Paul Gauguin on his discovery of life and beauty, and above all art. The book is both an essay on art itself, a tale of legends and myths, and a biography of the painter. I like his tough mind, really rude and bold. Gauguin is such a paradox for me because he succeeds in combining the intelligence and cleverness of modern civilization (like the spirit of Paris in the 19th century) and the beauty and strength of civilizations like Polynesian culture and all their incredibles stories. Ga ...more
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Gauguin was a financially successful stockbroker and self-taught amateur artist when he began collecting works by the impressionists in the 1870s. Inspired by their example, he took up the study of painting under Camille Pissarro. Pissarro and Edgar Degas arranged for him to show his early painting efforts in the fourth impressionist exhibition in 1879 (as well as the annual impressionist exhibiti ...more
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