October 15, 2021 5 min read

Paul Gauguin was born in Paris on June 7, 1848. From an early age, Paul showed interest in art and literature, which he continued to develop even after becoming the director of the stock exchange company Charbonnages de France.
Gauguin's career as an artist did not begin until the late 1880s, when he met Pissarro and Seurat. These artists became known collectively as "impressionists."

At this time, Gauguin was also close to Charles Laval and Émile Bernard. They found inspiration in Japanese woodcuts that they saw at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889. This exhibition led to the discovery of Japonisme. The following year, these artists exhibited their works together under the name of "The Independents," marking a turning point in their careers. In 1891 Gauguin returned to Martinique for two years, where he painted several important canvases inspired by tropical themes. After returning to France, he again began exhibiting his works with Pissarro and Seurat under the name of "The Neo-Impressionists,".

The 10 Popular Paintings that you must see By Paul Gauguin

1. Day of the God, 1894

The painting of the Day of the God (also known as Mahana no atua) was painted by Paul Gauguin in 1894. It is heavily influenced by his visit to Tahiti, although the scene represents a myth-ritual of the Marquesas Islands. It depicts a central carved idol of the goddess Hina standing on a rock by the beach around which human figures are arranged in a symmetrical pattern.

Gauguin believed that the best way to represent his vision was not with words but with colours. He said that "Colour is revelation, colour is passion, colour is everything!" This quote shows how Gauguin felt that colour could express more than just paint itself. He believed that it could express something important. Day of the God was painted using oils on canvas.The paintings is currently located at Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.

2. Arearea, 1892

Arearea is a paintings that was created in 1892 by the post impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. The painting depicts a scene of Tahitian culture with and his family amidst a group of women who are worshipping a statue of a Maori god and show two seated women take center stage in the painting with a red dog in front of them.

Arearea came at a time when Gauguin was immersed in the art of the South Pacific. He had given up on the European style and was looking for something more imaginative and less confined by reality. The women in this painting are shown to be an integral part of the scene, perhaps meant to represent worshipers of a Maori deity or simply natives performing what is for them a normal ritual. Gauguin described this painting as "one of his finest works" and experts agree that the way he has blended reality with imagination is beautiful.

3. Ia Orana Maria (Ave Maria), 1891

Ia Orana Maria (Ave Maria) is an 1891 oil painting by French artist Paul Gauguin. It depicts a Tahitian woman and was painted while Gauguin was living in the Marquesas Islands. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gauguin's paintings and prints were enormously popular and influential during his lifetime, but he died in 1903 without realizing the full extent of his fame. In the years after his death there were a series of retrospective exhibitions in Europe and North America, which established his reputation as a master painter.

4. The Painter of Sunflowers, 1888

Paul Gauguin spent nine weeks painting together with Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in 1888. Gauguin created paintings during his period of collaboration with Vincent van Gogh, most notably the portrait of van Gogh that would come to be known as The Painter of Sunflowers.

Paul Gauguin was a Post-Impressionist painter most famous for his bold experimentation with color and Synthetism. In addition to his independent works, He was also a prolific printmaker, producing woodcuts, and lithographs.

5. Vision after the Sermon, 1888

This Vision after the Sermon (1888). The painting It shows a scene from the Bible where Jacob fights an angel, and indirectly through a vision that women see after a sermon in a church. Gauguin's paintings are dramatic, emotional and fascinating because they bring out feelings that we all have but rarely talk about openly.

Gauguin's first success as an artist came when he exhibited his painting "Vision after the Sermon" at the First Impressionist Exhibition in 1876. It was this piece that brought him into close contact with French painter Camille Pissarro with whom he would explore new artistic methods and concepts.

6. Nevermore 1897

Gauguin created Nevermore during a time of stress due to her daughter's death and financial difficulties in 1897. Gauguin painted this work while living on the Marquesas Islands.

The painting is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's famous 1845, which tells the story of a visitation of a raven talking to a desperate lover who is mourning.

7. When Will You Marry?, 1892

When Will You Marry? (Nafea faa ipoipo) is a painting by French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. The work depicts two Tahitian women, named Fatata and Vaitelait. Gauguin arrived in Tahiti on May 8, 1891 and stayed there until 1893. Gauguin depicted Tahitians as noble savages exotic beauties living in harmony with nature.

The original painting was created in 1892, but now it is thought to be lost. Many people believe that the artwork was destroyed during World War II.

8. The Yellow Christ, 1889

The Yellow Christ is a painting by French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin painted in 1889. The work is a radical simplification of the human form, with an emphasis on abstraction and aesthetic harmony.

Bold coloration In The Yellow Christ, Gauguin combined his love of bold coloration with his quest for spiritual meaning. The use of brighter colors reflected his shifting attitude toward traditional Impressionism during this period of his career. Gauguin also simplified his subject matter in this painting, focusing on Christ's figure and face while eliminating other details such as the landscape or the setting sun behind the subject's head.

9. Spirit of the Dead Watching, 1892

Gauguin painted Spirit of the Dead Watching is an oil painting on canvas completed in 1893 by Paul Gauguin. It depicts a woman lying lifeless, her head resting on her right arm, her eyes closed; before her is a fruit tree with pink blossoms.

The painting's title is often translated as Spirit of the Dead; however, the word spirit in this context is closer to "soul" or "life essence." Spirit of the Dead is also often translated as Spirit of the Departed; this translation does not make sense in the context of the painting. It is now show in the Albright Knox Art Gallery.

10. Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897 - 1898

Paul Gauguin's Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? is a painting in the style of post Impressionism. It was painted in painting was created in Tahiti in 1897–1898, at a time when Gauguin's work was increasingly influenced by Symbolism.
The painting is notable for its use of the flattened picture plane.

It is said he planned to take his own life after finishing it and even made an unsuccessful attempt. The painting is the most colossal canvas that Gauguin ever painted and it explains in detail his entire philosophical and pictorial doctrine. Even Gauguin regarded it as his best painting and the grand culmination of his thought.

However, even though his works are very popular nowadays But there are many other works it took years to get some of them popular after he's die.

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