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Paul Gauguin : an erotic life

Author: Nancy Mowll Mathews
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this penetrating and daring biography of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Nancy Mowll Mathews traces the themes of sex and violence through the artist's life, from the near-murderous quarrels of his grandparents, to his abusive treatment of his wife, to his sexual encounters in French Polynesia in the 1890s. She examines how Gauguin used these complex themes in his art and writings and how he carefully presented his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Mowll Mathews
ISBN: 0300091095 9780300091090
OCLC Number: 46642197
Description: xi, 316 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Ancestry: The Moscosos and the Gauguins --
Young Man in Paris --
Impressionism --
The Crash --
PGo Emerges --
The Lost Continent of Atlantis --
The Sun God --
Theo and Vincent: Flying Too Close to the Sun --
The Martyr --
Desperate Measures --
Tahitian Tourist --
Return to Paris --
Tahitian Resident --
Final Retreat --
Mette Gauguin Letters.
Responsibility: Nancy Mowll Mathews.

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"In this penetrating and daring biography of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Nancy Mowll Mathews traces the themes of sex and violence through the artist's life, from the near-murderous quarrels of his grandparents, to his abusive treatment of his wife, to his sexual encounters in French Polynesia in the 1890s. She examines how Gauguin used these complex themes in his art and writings and how he carefully presented his "erotic life" in the autobiographical treatises Noa Noa (1893) and "Avant et apres" (1903). The central drama of Gauguin's adulthood - his marriage to Mette Gad - is assessed in detail, and with the inclusion of some of Mette's previously unpublished letters, both sides of the Gauguin marriage are presented for the first time." "Besides providing fascinating new insights into Gauguin's relationships with men and women and the roles that sexuality and aggression played in shaping his art, Mathews illuminates his homosocial, if not homoerotic, relationships with Vincent van Gogh, Emile Schuffenecker, and Charles Filiger. Gauguin's genius resided not only in his forging of new artistic paths, Mathews concludes, but also in his ability to bring his sexual fantasies alive for a large audience."--Jacket.

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