Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh on Gauguin—In Praise of a True Poet

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Paul Gauguin, By the Sea, 1887, oil on canvas, Private Collection



Ah, you do darned well to think of Gauguin—they’re high poetry, his native women—and everything his hand makes has a sweet, heart-rending, astonishing character.  People don’t understand him yet, and he suffers greatly from not selling like other true poets.*


*Quote from letter of Vincent Van Gogh to fellow artist Emile Bernard, dated about 5/22/1888, referring to Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and his paintings done while in Martinique.


See also:

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: The Haunting of Gauguin


Discover more about Van Gogh and enrich your life in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.




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