Paris, 7 June 1848; d Atuona, Marquesas Islands, 8 May 1903.
printmaker, sculptor and ceramicist. His style developed from Impressionism through a
brief cloisonnist phase (in partnership with Emile Bernard) towards a highly personal
brand of Symbolism, which sought within the tradition of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes to
combine and contrast an idealized vision of primitive Polynesian culture with the
sceptical pessimism of an educated European. A selfconsciously outspoken personality and
an aggressively asserted position as the leader of the Pont-Aven group made him a dominant
figure in Parisian intellectual circles in the late 1880s. His use of non-naturalistic
colour and formal distortion for expressive ends was widely influential on early
20th-century avant-garde artists.
Life with Profile of Laval
Night Cafe in
Portrait of Madeline Bernard
1888 Musee de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble
Alyscamps at Arles
1888 Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
1888 The Ordrupgaard Collection, Copenhagen
Please note: site admin does not answer any questions. This is our readers discussion only.