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"These journals are an illuminating self-portrait of a unique personality.…They bring sharply into focus for me his goodness, his humor, his insurgent spirit, his clarity of vision, his inordinate hatred of hypocrisy and sham." — Emil Gauguin, the artist's son, in the Preface.
One of the great innovative figures in modern art, Gauguin was a complex, driven individual who, i
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1958)
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Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
“This is not a book,” says Paul Gauguin as he opens his intimate journals, and I agree. But I have to say I was held enthralled by the complex and talented man who emerges from these pages of reflection, observation, personal philosophy, confession and instruction.

The preface, written by his son, quickly dispels the myth that Gauguin woke up one day, abandoned his family in France, and took off for the South Seas where he cavorted with the natives, while painting until he dropped dead at his eas
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Van Gogh'un günlüklerinden okuduğumuz ikilinin ilişkisini, kulak kesme olayını diğer taraftan nasıl olduğunu görmek açısından kıymetli günlük. Zamanın sanat dünyasına, ressamlara, felsefecilere dair Gauguin'in düşüncelerini de yazdıklarından öğrenebiliyoruz. Aynı zamanda Gauguin'in iyi bir edebiyatçı olabileceğini fark ettiriyor günlük.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Si bien nos advierte que justamente "no es un libro", su escritura divaga mucho y no tiene coherencia alguna. Me gustaron los comentarios sobre otros pintores como Van Gogh, Manet, Cezanne o Degas, pero son un 5% de la totalidad del libro.
I admit it. I got a bit impatient with this. The man may have had artistic genius, but his writing is all over the place. (But then he repeatedly tells us "This is not a book" so it's my own darn fault for placing expectations of coherency on it.)

I did like when he spoke about some of my favorite artists- Degas, Monet-- there was a great story about Manet from the days before Gauguin had left stockbroking for art. Manet praised one of his paintings, to which he said he was only an amateur. Manet
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You'll never look at his Tahitian paintings the same way again.
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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
“Moved by an unconsious sentiment born out of solitude and savagery - idle tales of a noughty child who sometimes reflects and who is always a lover of the beautiful - the beauty that is personal - the only beauty that is human.” 3 likes
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