Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist/Art Institute of Chicago

By Mary Simon

When most people think of Paul Gauguin they think of exotic locations like Tahti and beautiful, sensuous women. But Paul Gauguin was so much more! The Art Institute of Chicago's exhibit which runs June 25 through September 10, 2017, allows viewers to experience the full breadth of Gauguin's creativity. My list embellishes the viewer's understanding of Gauguin, his life, his contributions, and his place in art history.

  • Gauguin : The Other World

    2017 by Dori, Fabrizio

    This graphic novel would please Gauguin himself. The illustrations are bold, beautiful, and audacious—just like the artist.

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  • Gauguin: The Full Story


    One of the best DVDs about a member of the Fauves (wild beasts)—the group of Post-Impressionist, French artists Gauguin was a member of. In fact, it's one of the best DVDs about any artist. Critics and mere mortals both give this two thumbs up.

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  • Gauguin

    2016 by Sara Haynes

    This volume is intended for youth but the collection of plates is so wonderful that adults will appreciate it too. Full of light, character, color, bold strokes, and creative imagination.

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  • The Symbolism of Paul Gauguin : Erotica, Exotica, and the Great Dilemmas of Humanity

    2007 by Henri Dorra

    Have you ever wondered about the subjects, locations, lighting, and backdrop of Gauguin's works? This collection of plates and the accompanying explanations provide the necessary information to understand and appreciate the full depth of his works.

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  • Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond : Post-impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay


    For those fortunate readers who have seen many of the Post-Impressionist paintings at the Musee d'Orsay, this volume will pale in comparison. Still, this catalog of an exhibition held at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2010-2011, allows you to see many of the great masters' works from this time period.

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  • Van Gogh and Gauguin : Electric Arguments and Utopian Dreams

    2001 by Bradley I Collins

    The tale of two great artists who lived together in the south of France for two months in the now famous Yellow House. Collins compares and contrasts their artistic viewpoints, temperaments, aspirations, frustrations, and techniques. Fascinating insights into their lives and the time period.

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  • Noa Noa: The Tahitian Journal

    2012 by Paul Gauguin

    Two years of living and working in an exotic location among the native inhabitants are recorded in this book, which includes excerpts from Gauguin's diaries. His musings along with the depictions of the rich, lush landscape are a delight which give us a better insight into some of his most successful pieces.

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