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Thursday, June 21, 2012

JAMZ TALKS: Gauguin: French Polynesia's Most Famous Artist

Poster for the Gauguin: Maker of Myth exhibit that
 I went to in May 29, 2011 here in Washington, DC
at the National Gallery of Art.  (photo:  JAMZTOMA)

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin is French Polynesia's most famous artist as he is posthumously well-known for his paintings, wood engravings and the use of woodcuts in the form of art.  He was born in Paris, France in June 7, 1848 and traversed to French Polynesia in 1891 to leave the artificiality and conventionalism of European civilization.  Gauguin opened the way for Primitivism, an art movement that is inspired by non-Western and ancient peoples' cultures  such as Gauguin's using of Tahitian everyday life for his artworks.  The photo above was taken at an event that was held in 2011 at the National Gallery of Art museum here in Washington, DC called, "Gauguin:  Maker of Myth."  The pictured painting is titled "Contes Barbares" and is very famous in the art world.  

Gauguin's famous POLYNESIAN-based works besides "Contes Barbares," are "The Moon and the Earth" (Hina Tefatou), "Maternity", "The Sorcerer of Hiva Oa,"  and "Two Tahitian Women" just to name a few.  I was warned by the security guards present that day (the Maker of Myth art exhibition of 2011) not to take photos of these valuable paintings as a previous incident involving a woman trying to destroy "Two Tahitian Women" occurred earlier in April of the same year.  I was fortunate to have taken the above photo which was at the entrance to the National Gallery of Art museum's East building. 

Gauguin died in May 8, 1903 and is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Atuona, Hiva 'Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.  His legacy includes inspiring fellow virtuoso Pablo Picasso's primitive art paintings   in 1906.  

So what do you think my friends?  Is Gauguin an interesting person?  Would you want to try his example by being an artist who incorporates your culture's everyday life into your art works?  I think I am following him as well by writing poetry and creating MS Paint works that are based on my Polynesian heritage.  To end this post, I must say that he inspires me to become an exciting artist in that he has also traveled the world to capture the beauty of other cultures (including the Caribbean and South America).   To all my young budding artists of the South Pacific and elsewhere, explore your world, be creative, and open your mind to all of humanity.  Don't be limited to just one view, express yourself!!!  Then and there, you will become a much celebrated artist for your openness and artistic nature. 



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