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Vanishing paradise : art and exoticism in colonial Tahiti

Author: Elizabeth C Childs
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers a fresh take on the modernist primitivism of the French painter Paul Gauguin, the nostalgic exoticism of the American John LaFarge, and the elite tourism of the American writer Henry Adams.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Art
In art
In literature
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth C Childs
ISBN: 9780520271739 0520271734
OCLC Number: 810773211
Description: xxiii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Preface: regarding Tahiti --
Histories of an island and an idea: from Tahiti to New Cythera --
Garden of Eden to dying paradise: the foundational myths of Tahiti --
Polynesia in Paris: Paul Gauguin in search of the exotic at the Exposition Universelle of 1889 --
The colonial lens: Gauguin, primitivism, and photography --
Henry Adams, indolence, and ethnic tourism in Tahiti --
John La Farge and the sensuousness of regret --
Against vanishing.
Responsibility: Elizabeth C. Childs.

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"I can't recall when I've been so enthralled by a book about 19th century art. Elizabeth Childs' Vanishing Paradise is an exhaustive, beautifully written account of colonialism in Tahiti and its Read more...

 
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