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The Gauguin Atlas

Nienke Denekamp


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Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) was an artist perpetually in search of new horizons. This fascinating visual tour reveals the full extent of Gauguin’s travels and their influence on his unique style. Gauguin’s several lengthy trips to Tahiti and the Marquesas between 1891 and the artist’s death, visits that provided the inspiration for many of his most famous canvases, are well known and documented here in rich detail. Less familiar are stories from his early years living with his family in Peru, which Gauguin would later describe as “idyllic,” and his years in the French Navy, which would take him to numerous destinations including India. Throughout the 1880s, as a young man starting a family and struggling to become established within the art world, the restless Gauguin moved often—within Paris, to Rouen, to Copenhagen, and back to Paris. 
Abundantly illustrated with hundreds of vibrant images, including archival material and the artist’s own works, The Gauguin Atlas brings to life the places that Gauguin visited and lived.  The book’s handsome design seamlessly integrates maps and other images with an accessible and engaging text that narrates Gauguin’s travels; what emerges is a vivid picture of an artist continually seeking new experience and inspiration for his art.

Praise For The Gauguin Atlas

“A propulsive read.”—Holland Cotter, New York Times Book Review

“A series of brief chapters organized by [Gauguin’s] oft-changing places of residence . . . The Gauguin Atlas follows his travels, year by year . . . A propulsive read.”—Holland Cotter, New York Times Book Review

“Gauguin has never been tracked and documented quite so diligently as he is in Denekamp’s sharply arranged atlas . . . A winning combination of material and presentation.”—Cindy Helms, New York Journal of Books

Yale University Press, 9780300237269, 180pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

About the Author

Nienke Denekamp is a freelance writer and editor. She is a co-author of The Vincent van Gogh Atlas (Yale, 2016).