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Saturday May 08, 2010

Price of Freedom

Gauguin’s World

French painter Paul Gauguin, noted for his “primitive” expression of spiritual and emotional states in his work and his artistic experimentation, died this day in 1903.

Loving, collecting, and selling art before becoming an artist himself is the path taken by one of van Gogh’s contemporaries.

In 1879, at the age of thirty-one, Paul Gauguin was employed as a stockbroker’s agent in Paris earning a respectable yearly income of 30,000 francs (over $100,000 today). Gauguin, a Sunday painter in those days, spent his weekends studying with Camille Pissarro, a French Impressionist painter who suffered financial hardship in pursuing his faith in Impressionism while rejecting the aesthetic tenets conveyed by the Academie des Beaux-Arts.