Subject: Adopting Impressionism
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Mon June 7, 1999 at 1:43PM

Adopting Impressionism

On this very day in eighteen hundred forty eight
An artist-to-be was born in Paris, but started late
After a stay in Peru and a stint as a Merchant Marine
Gaugin became part of the Parisian stockbroker scene

But then packed it all in after meeting artist Camille Pissaro
And turned his focus to impressionism on the short and narrow
Which he then gave up under the influence of Emile Bernard
Creating his own style - synthetism ... which he used by the yard

Using as his inspiration - stained glass and Japanese prints
Which his friend Vincent Van Gogh showed him to convince
They had both been missing the boat with their work ...
And so, Gaugin sailed for the South Seas and its perks

Living in Tahiti and then the Marquesas - for the rest of his life
Gaugin finally evolved into an artist ... extraordinarily bright
... With his best work* now exhibited both here and in France
A bolder collection of paintings evolved into the Fauvist front

In which more vibrant solid colors and sharper lines
Replaced the soft, shimmering tones of impressionistic times
A style favored by many artists at the turn of the century
Of which Matisse had perhaps the most noted propensity

Carrying on the innovative and bolder coloring changes
Well into the nineteen hundreds as he became famous
For taking the movement begun with Gaugin and van Gogh
Well into another era ... starting a whole 'nother show ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
12:40pm Monday, June 7th, 1999

Some of Gaugin's Work

Tahitian Women/On the Beach (1891)
Musee d'Orsay - Paris

Spirit of the Deadwatching (1892)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Where Do We Come From?
What Are We? Where Are We Going?
(1897) Museum of Fine Arts - Boston