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7 people who gave up on civilization to live in the wild

By: Bryan Nelson on April 16, 2010, 1:06 p.m.
Paul Gauguin fled to the tropics to escape 'artificial and conventional' Europe.

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Paul Gauguin

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. His works of that period are full of exoticized views of the inhabitants of Polynesia.