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Paul Gauguin

Data di nascita: 7. Giugno 1848
Data di morte: 8. Maggio 1903

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Paul Gauguin /pɔl go'gɛ̃/ è stato un pittore francese.

Formatosi, dalla metà degli anni ottanta del XIX secolo, nell'Impressionismo, si distaccò dall'espressione naturalistica accentuando progressivamente l'astrazione della visione pittorica, realizzata in forme piatte di colore puro e semplificate con la rinuncia alla prospettiva e agli effetti di luce e di ombra, secondo uno stile che fu chiamato sintetismo o cloisonnisme, al quale rimase sempre fedele pur sviluppandola durante tutta la sua piena maturità nelle isole dei mari del Sud-Ovest, quando egli si propose il tema di rappresentare artisticamente l'accordo armonico della vita umana con quella di tutte le forme naturali, secondo una concezione allora ritenuta tipica delle popolazioni primitive.

I pittori nabis e i simbolisti si richiamarono esplicitamente a lui, mentre la libertà decorativa delle sue composizioni aprì la via all'Art Nouveau, così come il suo trattamento della superficie lo rese un precursore del fauvismo e la semplificazione delle forme fu tenuta presente da tutta la pittura del Novecento.

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Frasi Paul Gauguin

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„Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge — and has to content oneself with dreaming.“

— Paul Gauguin
Quote in Avant et Après, (1903); taken from Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals, trans. (1923) Van Wyck Brooks [Dover, 1997, ], p. 2

„Many people say that I don't know how to draw because I don't draw particular forms. When will they understand that execution, drawing and color (in other words, style) must be in harmony with the poem?“

— Paul Gauguin
in a letter to Charles Morice (July 1901), from French Paintings and Painters from the Fourteenth Century to Post-Impressionism, ed. Gerd Muesham [Frederick Ungar, 1970, ], p. 551

„Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination, and at a glance have his soul invaded by the most profound memories, no efforts of memory, everything summed up in one moment. Complete art which sums up all the others and completes them. Like music, it acts on the soul through the intermediary of the senses, the harmonious tones corresponding to the harmonies of sounds, but in painting, a unity is obtained which is not possible in music, where the accords follow one another, and the judgement experiences a continuous fatigue if one wants to reunite the end and the beginning. In the main, the ear is an inferior sense to the eye. The hearing can only grasp a single sound at one time, whereas the sight takes in everything and at the same time simplifies at its will.“

— Paul Gauguin
La peinture est le plus beau de tous les arts; en lui se résument toutes les sensations, à son aspect chacun peut, au gré de son imagination, créer le roman, d'un seul coup d'œil avoir l'âme envahie par les plus profonds souvenirs; point d'effort de mémoire, tout résumé en un seul instant. — Art complet qui résume tous les autres et les complète. — Comme la musique, il agit sur l'âme par l'intermédiaire des sens, les tons harmonieux correspondant aux harmonies des sons; mais en peinture on obtient une unité impossible en musique où les accords viennent les uns après les autres, et le jugement éprouve alors une fatigue incessante s'il veut réunir la fin au commencement. En somme, l'oreille est un sens inférieur à celui de l'œil. L'ouïe ne peut servir qu'à un seul son à la fois, tandis que la vue embrasse tout, en même temps qu'à son gré elle simplifie. Quote of Gauguin from: Notes Synthéthiques (ca. 1884-1885), ed. Henri Mahaut, in Vers et prose (July-September 1910), p. 52; translation from John Rewald, Gauguin (Hyperion Press, 1938), p. 161.

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„Your Nordic blue eyes looked attentively at the paintings hanging on the walls. I felt stirrings of rebellion: a whole clash between your civilization and my barbarism. Civilization from which you suffer. Barbarism which for me is a rejuvenation.“

— Paul Gauguin
Original: Votre œil bleu du nord regardait attentivement les tableaux pendus aux murs. J’eus comme le pressentiment d’une révolte : tout un choc entre votre civilisation et ma barbarie. Civilisation dont vous souffrez. Barbarie qui est pour moi un rajeunissement. p. 105: quote from his letter to August Strindberg (5 May 1895)

„In order to produce something new, you have to return to the original source, to the childhood of mankind.“

— Paul Gauguin
p. 110: cited by Eugène Tardieu, 'Interview with Paul Gauguin,' in L'Écho de Paris, (13 May 1895)

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„[In] painting... all sensations are condensed, everyone... with a single glance [has] his soul invaded by the most profound recollections... everything is summed up in one instant. Like music, it acts on the soul through the intermediary of the senses: harmonious colors correspond to the harmonies of sound.“

— Paul Gauguin
Quote from Gauguin's unfinished essay 'Notes Synthetiques', published in the July / September 1910 issue of ' Vers et Prose' XXII, pp. 51-55, as cited in: Shannon N. Pritchard, Gino Severini and the symbolist aesthetics of his futurist dance imagery, 1910-1915 https://getd.libs.uga.edu/pdfs/pritchard_shannon_n_200305_ma.pdf Diss. uga, 2003, p. 23 Gauguin's essay 'Notes Synthetiques' was written in Pont -Aven in 1888 and left incomplete. His essay was first published in 'Vers et Prose' XXII

„.. so before I died I wanted to paint a large canvas that I had worked out in my head, and all month long I worked [on Tahiti] day and night at fever pitch... It's all done without a model.“

— Paul Gauguin
pp. 159-160: in a letter from Tahiti to a friend, 1898 late quote about the start of his famous large painting 'Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going'

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