The Gauguin Atlas

Art historian Dr Linda Goddard characterises the identity of Paul Gauguin as both ‘carefully self-constructed’ and ‘constantly shifting’ – placed awkwardly between the ‘primitive’ visual artist and the ‘civilised’ writer. At the same time, throughout his life, Gauguin was also physically shifting, striving to escape the imperialist culture he denounced and legitimise his position as ‘un sauvage’ rather than privileged colonial settler.

Gauguin journeyed across the entire world, from England, Denmark, and Spain, to Martinique, Tahiti and Hiva Oa, an island in the Pacific Ocean, where he created works that eventually, after his death, made him world famous. The Gauguin Atlas brings to life the places that Gauguin visited and lived, painting a vivid picture of a man continually seeking new experiences and inspiration for his art.

Learn more about The Gauguin Atlas and the fascinating travels of Paul Gauguin with the interactive map below. It’s filled with vibrant images and interesting stories about the many places he lived, the artists he befriended, and the families he left behind.


See inside The Gauguin Atlas


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