Gauguin: Colour Library

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Phaidon Press, Aug 12, 1998 - Art - 128 pages
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An introduction to the work of Gauguin.

Paul Gaugin (1848-1903) was one of the most formidable artists of the late nineteenth century, and one whose work was to have a profound influence on the development of art in the twentieth. He began as an Impressionist, but went on to develop a more two-dimensional, richly-coloured style in his constant search for a 'lost paradise' untouched by nineteenth-century civilisation. Gaugin's romantic and tragic life story is mirrored in the works in this outstanding anthology. Included are 48 full-page colour plates, not only of his best-know beautiful, atmospheric paintings of Tahiti in which Gaugin attempted to reconstruct the perfect life which he had failed to find in reality, but also of many powerful works which reflect the artist's contact with other early modern masters - Degas, Van Gough, Cezanne.

Lesley Stevensen has written an informative, clear commentary to accompany each colour plate.

Includes 77 illustrations, 48 in colour.

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Sir Alan Bowness was Director of the Tate Gallery until 1988.

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