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#30×30 Day 27 : Gauguin, the Colonizer

June 27, 2021

I came across this rather horrifying picture of Gauguin, and felt I had to leave a few more of his own words next to this painting.

“All the joys—animal and human—of a free life are mine. I have escaped everything that is artificial, conventional, customary. I am entering into the truth, into nature.”

“The self-esteem one acquires and a well-earned feeling of one’s strength are the only consolation in this world. Income, after all, most brutes have that.”

“Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge — and has to content oneself with dreaming.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2021 12:43 PM

    Yes, there was bit off about him. Read The Moon and the Sixpence last year, good read, disturbing person. But then again Van Gogh was a bit disturbed.

  2. morningwaters permalink
    June 27, 2021 2:09 PM

    However, Van Gogh did not sail off to Tahiti with the purpose of “living the free life” which included exploitation of the native population and sexual harassment (and I dare say, sexual assualt) of the girls and women there.

  3. Maureen Vermilya permalink
    June 27, 2021 2:23 PM

    Your painting from the photo is brilliant! Yes, good thing he had a creative outlet for his madness….otherwise he might have been just another lunatic on the street. He and Van Gough… must have been a fascinating – a bit scary – pair..

  4. Gloria Goldman permalink
    June 27, 2021 2:29 PM

    Yes, with you on that one! Although I think when we say ‘judgmental’ we really mean ‘condemnatory’. We can properly use our judgment/discernment all the time ~ especially with a paint brush, as you do so well! Hugs, Jon & Glo XXXX

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