Considered by many to be one of the fathers of modern art, Paul Gauguin was a French painter who straddled the border between Impressionism and the more radical styles that would come after it. Considered a post-Impressionist, Gauguin is known for his vivid colors, two-dimensional shapes and unique choices of subject matter.
Gauguin: the Post-Impressionist
Born to a middle-class Parisian family in 1848, Gauguin had a rather atypical early life. He spent several years in Peru and also served for a time in the French merchant marines. After returning to Paris he became a stockbroker, and actually had a bit of success in the field. After marrying and having a few children, it appeared that Gauguin's life path had been determined.
In 1874, however, a fateful me(more)...