Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) was once a stockbroker before he decided to devote his life to painting, which he first approached as an amateur. From Pont-Aven and Tahiti, where he sojourned multiple times, to Arles in 1888, the year of his painful split with Van Gogh, Gauguin created an original œuvre characterized by simple forms, the subjective value of colors, but most importantly, by its mystical yet anxious renderings of human destiny.
In 1964, Georges Wildenstein published Gauguin’s first catalogue raisonné. Thirty years later his son Daniel entirely reworked it in two volumes, which survey the youth and early maturity of Paul Gauguin. Each work’s notice offers detailed analysis of Gauguin’s artistic development, and contextualizes his work in relation to contemporary socio-cultural issues.
The lively details of the chronology describe significant events in the life of Gauguin and of some of his friends. Thanks to extensive research in unpublished archives, the chronology casts new light on Gauguin’s ancestry. This exhaustive work is carefully designed so that each entry can be read in isolation. However, a system of cross-references guarantees an interrelated study and restores the overall trajectory of Gauguin’s life and work.
Text and research: Sylvie Crussard
Documentation and chronology: Martine Heudron
Wildenstein Institute and Skira/Seuil
Two volumes in boxed set
647 pages, 25 x 30 cm
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