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Paul Gauguin I think Paul Gauguin had a very interesting life and I consider him one of the best artists of his time Although he had a very active life he managed to express and record his feelings through painting In the following paragraphs I will explain Gauguins life and give my opinion about his life and his works of art Gauguin was born on June 7 1848 in Paris He was considered one of the leading painters of the Postimpressionist period In 1849 his journalist fathers political activities forced the Gauguin family into exile and set off for Peru His father died during the crossing from France Gauguins mother of Peruvian descent on her mothers side and her two children moved in with a great grand uncle and his family in Lima At the age of 17 Gauguin joined the French merchant navy traveling around the world for six years After the death of his mother in 1867 he settled down with his wealthy guardian Gustave Arosa who had a large art collection that included works by Delacroix This period in time shaped Gauguins interest in the arts He started collecting Impressionist paintings and became an amateur painter Gauguin began his career as a stockbroker in Paris in 1872 He attended the Impressionists first exhibition in 1874 and was captivated by the impressionist style He purchased works by Monet Pissarro Renoir and others His exposure to the Impressionists reinforced his desire to become a painter In 1883 the bank that employed Gauguin experienced financial difficulties and he found himself free to paint full-time Much of his work during this period was influenced by the Impressionists especially Pissarro In 1884 Gauguin went to paint at the artists haven of Pont-Aven Influenced during this period by van Gogh Seurat and Degas he began to adopt his own independent style In 1887 Gauguin left France for Panama For a short time he worked as a laborer
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