(Epic/Mary Evans)

 ABOVE:  The cover of Gauguin’s book Noa Noa , 1924.

nine weeks at the Studio of the South – Van Gogh’s vision for a group of likeminded artists – and there may have been only two of them, but the time these artists spent together, before they violently quarreled, was to prove invaluable in the history and development of art. Hoping to encourage Claude Monet (1840-1926), Émile Bernard (1868-1941), and Camille Pissarro (1830- 1903) to help him create an art school alongside Gauguin, Van Gogh moved to Arles in the south of France where he was convinced that modern art required bold,

As cities like Paris grew and developed, Gauguin chose to base himself in the French countryside where a more rural way of life suited his palette and the life he wished to capture through his oils. Later, this search for a more primitive existence would lead him to the South Pacific and Tahiti before he finally found himself in the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. His period of association, collaboration, and friendship with Vincent Van Gogh is probably one of the most important times in Gauguin’s life. It may have been just

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