Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Dangerous Painters?!

Charlie Chan has many passengers traveling with him on the S.S. Newcastle in Dangerous Money, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
One of the subplots involves paintings and one of the artists mentioned specifically is Paul Gauguin, of what is called the "Postimpressionist period."
Gauguin was born in Paris on June 7, 1848 but the family moved to Lima, Peru shortly thereafter, his father dying enroute.
His interest in art began after his mother died and Gauguin moved in with his guardian, Gustave Arosa, who was wealthy enough to enjoy a substantial art collection.
Gauguin specialized in Impressionist paintings and began painting himself on an amateur basis.
Paul Gauguin supported himself in varied jobs while studying painting himself as he studied the works of established artists like van Gogh, Picasso and Degas.
["Making Merry"]
He even stayed with van Gogh for a time in 1887 but the visit was cut short shortly after van Gogh's "ear incident."
Gauguin's painting style switched from Impressionism (where the artists tried to envoke natural scenes by use of dabs or strokes of pure colors to achieve reflected light) to trying to represent the inner soul of those being painted in the style that became known as symbolism.
Gauguin spent most of his life among the natives in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti and Polynesia.
["Ia Orana Maria"]
His paintings during this period became highly valued in the modern era for their reflection of the local primitive lifestyles and incredible colors of the landscapes.
[My thanks to Rush Glick at www.charliechan.info for suggesting Paul Gauguin!]

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