Paul Gauguin was a leading Post-Impressionist artist, painter and writer known for his primitivist style and philosophy. In 1891, frustrated by lack of recognition at home and financially destitute, he decided to sail to the tropics to escape European civilization and "everything that is artificial and conventional." He spent his remaining years living in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, where he sided with the natives and clashed with colonial forces. His works of that period are full of exoticized views of the inhabitants of Polynesia.
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