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Noa Noa: The Tahiti Journal of Paul Gauguin Hardcover – September 1, 1994
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The book has a short 1962 introduction by W. Somerset Maugham that is somewhat amusing in that it tells how Maugham traveled to Tahiti to research Gauguin for a book he was considering writing about the island's most famous painter. He found one of the actual huts where Gauguin had lived and worked and purchased one of the glass panels that Gauguin had painted for one of the hut's three doors. The children living in the hut had passed the time scratching the windows clean and already destroyed the other two door paintings. Maugham bought the half door containing the one surviving glass panel with its painting of "Eve, nude, with the apple in her hand" still intact for four hundred francs and had it shipped back to his home in New York. It was in his writing room at the time he wrote the introduction for this volume.
Relating the antidote of Maugham's good luck and prowess at art collecting was the only subject covered in the introduction. But it did illustrate how little remained in Tahiti of Gauguin's stay in the Island Paradise. There was even less left there after the famous writer's research visit.
Gauguin's text is much more interesting.Read more ›
Paul Gaugin is one of the great post-impressionist painters whose art can be found in most museums around the world. Not only is he an accomplished painter, but a creative writer as well. His "journal of the south seas" is witty, humorous and is a poetically descriptive record of the artist's first trip to the island of Tahiti.
Paul Gaugin traveled to Tahiti because he wanted to free himself from the European struggles and live in a more natural and peaceful place. In "Noa Noa" he documents his travels to the island and shares his new experiences, which seem much freer than how we live today. It explains his fascination with the beautiful women of Tahiti, an attraction which led to some of the most famous paintings in art history. I very much enjoyed reading this journal and, as an artist myself, found it very inspiring.
"Noa Noa" is translated from french by O. F. Theis
Reviewed by Julie Harvey
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A sensitive, personal account - not as detailed as I'd expected, but illuminating.Published 14 months ago by julian p. quarles
A good read. Organized so the original drawings/ sketchs are scanned on one side and the translations on the other.Published 22 months ago by Deniz Aston
I picked it up for a school project and it was fantastic. It's just a nice little journal, I feel there is more but I don't know for sure, this may be all there is in the tahiti... Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by R. Taylor