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Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin was initially schooled in Impressionism before pioneering a new style of painting broadly referred to as Symbolism. As Impressionism took off in the late 1880s, Gauguin experimented with color theory and decorative approaches to painting. He worked one summer in an intensely colorful style alongside Vincent van Gogh in the south of France. He then left Western society, traveling regularly to the South Pacific in the early 1890s, where he developed a new style that married daily observations with mystical symbolism—a style influenced by the so-called “primitive” arts of Africa, Asia, and French Polynesia. (The Art Story)

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