Gauguin: The Full Story
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The first full-length biography of one of the world's most popular yet controversial artists. Gauguin is best known for his gorgeous paintings of Tahiti in which beautiful native girls disport themselves enticingly on perfect South Pacific beaches. But have these celebrated portrayals of an earthly paradise been misunderstood? And has the fame of Gauguin's Tahiti pictures blinded us to the bigger truth about his achievements? Waldemar Januszczak believes so, and his epic biography of Gauguin follows the painter through countless twists and turns in a remarkable life that takes him from an idyllic and forgotten childhood in Peru to a horrific and notorious death on the Marquesas Islands. The Gauguin who emerges from this radical re-telling of his story was not only a great painter but also a sculptor, musician, print maker, journalist and ceramicist. The film also refutes the various accusations of sexual misconduct, familial neglect and racism that are frequently made against Gauguin, and proposes a completely new understanding of his place in art. Hailed by The Times as the finest artistic biography ever made, Gauguin: The Full Story features a stunning collection of Gauguin's masterpieces shot in museums and galleries around the world.
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First, there are two part of the film, enough time to let us know what a special artist Gauguin was.
Second, during the movie there are so many beautiful his artwork we might never have chance to see but we would know through the film.
I love this film and it bright my thought about Gauguin. and learned a lot about all the colorful work and hot girl came from where....
It's a very value film, worth people who loves art to keep it. :-) Please go get it.
I never quite grasped the fact that Gauguin's world view was not French...but Peruvian. He also traveled the world more than any of the other French artists of his time - from Panama to Brazil to Brittany to Copenhagen to Provence to Martinique and of course Tahiti. After learning this, I formed two opinions. First, that his attraction to primitive or exotic art may have been influenced by his childhood upbringing. Second, that just about all of Gauguin's art suggests the autobiography of an uncomfortable soul; it reflects a man displaced - whether it is a sculpture of a faun (half man - half beast) or the "Yellow Christ" where the savior is surrounded by maids of Brittany.
This movie goes the distance and travels to each and every location that Gauguin lived - we see the actual sites which influenced his work; as just one example, Gauguin's mother had a fetish for pre-Columbian pottery. That was unusual in her day. It is no surprise, then, that Gauguin himself tried pottery as an art form and he may have been profoundly influenced by the primitive visions that his mother treasured.
I truly learned a great deal from this documentary and have no reservations about recommending it. Bottom line, Gauguin's visual vocabulary - mixing from one culture to the next - is his own.
He is deeply knowledgable, entertaining, selected visuals are perfect and his camera man obviously shares his sense of humour.
He definitely knows how to surprise the viewer and keep him engaged till the very end.
Highly recommend for anyone interested in the subject.