Paul Gauguin (04:22)
In a 1903 letter, Gaugin describes himself as a savage. His great granddaughter Mette Gauguin discusses a sketch of her grandfather, woodcuts, and Gauguin's nickname. Christopher Riopelle and Mette discuss Gaugin's background and heritage.
Gauguin's Family and Career (03:22)
Gauguin marries Mette Gade and they have five children. Art becomes an obsession and he befriends Camille Pissarro. Gauguin loses his job and the family moves to Denmark.
Evolving Art (05:28)
Gauguin believes going to Brittany is essential to his art. He arrives in Pont-Aven in 1886 and begins working with Émile Bernard. Gauguin searches for simplification.
"Vision After the Sermon" (03:38)
Gauguin creates his breakthrough painting in 1888; experts discuss artistic elements. A country chapel inspires "The Yellow Christ." Gauguin becomes a leader.
Art in Arles, France (06:54)
Gauguin visits Vincent van Gogh and stays at the Yellow House. Experts discuss the art they produce during this time and their straining relationship; van Gogh cuts off his ear.
South Pacific (06:15)
The 1889 World's Fair sparks Gauguin's interest in Tahiti and he goes to Papeete. He dislikes the European atmosphere and travels to the other side of the island and begins painting; Tai Shan Schierenberg mimics his style.
Tahitian Paintings (04:26)
Gauguin tries to capture traditional ways of life; his work veers toward mythology. Andreas Dettloff discusses Gauguin's influence. Gauguin becomes emotionally involved with the women he paints; he "marries" Tehura.
"The Spirit of the Dead Watching" (06:00)
Gauguin learns that Tahitians fear the dark. Some of his paintings of Polynesian women are controversial. Tyla Vaeau Ta'ofu'ou considers colonial representations of women. Experts discuss culture, provocative art, and perceptions.
Painter and Author (04:11)
Gauguin returns to France after two years in Tahiti. He writes "Noa Noa" in hopes of increasing sales. Caroline Boyle-Turner discusses "Oviri" and its symbolism.
Gauguin's Return to Tahiti (04:50)
Gauguin learns that Tehura married and Pau'ura becomes his "wife." Experts compare "The King's Wife" to Edouard Manet's "Olympia." Marcel Tai Gauguin has a reproduction gallery of his grandfather's work.
Marquesas Islands (03:29)
Gauguin leaves Tahiti and builds a house on Atuona. He is anti-colonial, makes fun of the bishop, and supports the Marquesans.
Gauguin's Final Months (05:08)
Gauguin does not compromise, even in his final self-portrait. He becomes ill and addicted to morphine; Gauguin dies in 1903. Experts reflect on his legacy.
Credits: Gauguin: A Dangerous Life (00:52)
Credits: Gauguin: A Dangerous Life
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