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gauguin in the south seas

Author: Danielsson, Bengt Set In . . .
 Oceania, Tonga
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Description: Dust jacket notes: "An entire library surrounds what is undoubtedly the most important and perplexing period of the life of Paul Gauguin: his ten years in Tahiti and the Marquesas. Yet almost every biography is incomplete concerning this crucial period. The reason is simple: no biographer of Gauguin has ever lived in the South Seas. Now, for the first time, a professional anthropologist and historian, who has spent fifteen years in Tahiti, gives us the complete chronicle of the great painter's final decade. Based on materials that have been buried for almost half a century, Gauguin in the South Seas opens to full view the circumstances and background of his Tahitian life. the author has unearthed official reports and court records from government archives, articles and notices in Tahitian newspapers, missionary journals, travel accounts, private diaries, family papers, hitherto unknown letters to and from Gauguin himself - in short, a supply of information unknown to previous biographers. In addition, the author has interviewed more than two hundred people, among them Tahitians and European residents who actually knew the artist. A remarkably complete picture of Gauguin has emerged. For the first time we see in detail his acrimonious relations with the French administration; his intimate devotion to the t4ranquil life of the Tahitians; his editorship of two local papers - the Catholic in which he attacked the Protestants, the Protestant in which he attacked the Catholics; his tragically declining health; his liaisons with young Tahitian girls; and, above all, his prodigious, unbroken creativity. For the first time we see that Gauguin's actions - which up till now have seemed almost incomprehensible - were simply the unavoidable consequences of the collision between a remarkable personality and a strange environment...."
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