Paul Gauguin, French painter and sculptor, is one of the most famous names in modern art
Second son of the liberal journalist Clovis Gauguin and Aline Marie Chazal, was born in Paris on June 7, 1848 in rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 56, which was also a “brothel”.
Following the coup of the future emperor Napoleon III, the family left France. His father died during the trip. Little Paul finds refuge with his mother at the maternal relatives who live in Lima, Peru.
Back in France, at 17 years old, he embarked on a merchant ship: he travelled around the world for more than five years.
Since 1871 he moved to Paris, where he worked as a stockbroker. It is during this time that he began to cultivate the interest in painting making contact with the artists of the time and exposing at Impressionist exhibitions.
His desire to escape let him to travel in search of new places and new cultures. He lived in Pont-Aven, a village in Brittany where he elaborated a new style, inspired by primitive art.
Looking for world pure and untainted, Gauguin makes long stays in Tahiti, where he finds the earthly paradise that he was looking for and where he lived with the girl Maori Téhoura, participating fully in the life of indigenous and painted his best paintings.
In 1903 he was arrested for defending some natives against a policeman and ended his days in prison.