Paul Gauguin at the Fondation Beyeler

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A colourist of unfading universal appeal, Paul Gauguin painted as he lived. He was bold, uncompromising, and unconventional. Throughout his eventful life – a childhood in Peru, sailing to the Polar circle, painting in Rouen, married life in Denmark, then maturing on the perfumed shores of Polynesia – his human interactions oscillated between the depths of despair to hedonistic abandon.

He antagonised family, friends, critics and the authorities in equal measure, and stared poverty, disease, divorce and suicide in the face. Despite all of this, or maybe because of it…read on



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