Post-Impressionist artist who depicted village life in Tahiti in such colorful works as "Spirit of the Dead Watching."
He grew up in Peru and France and joined the French merchant marine as a pilot's assistant at age seventeen.
He suffered from syphilis and alcoholism and died in French Polynesia at age fifty-four from a morphine overdose.
He married a Danish woman named Mette-Sophie Gad, with whom he had five children.
He was a friend and artistic contemporary of fellow renowned painter, Vincent Van Gogh.
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