Paul Gauguin

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Birthday
7, 1848
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
May 8, 1903 (54)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
7, 1848
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
May 8, 1903 (54)

About

Post-Impressionist artist who depicted village life in Tahiti in such colorful works as "Spirit of the Dead Watching." His work became popular after his death and influenced such notables as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

Before Fame

He grew up in Peru and France and joined the French merchant marine as a pilot's assistant at age 17. He then worked as a stockbroker at the Paris Bourse and was a highly successful businessman for over a decade.

Trivia

He suffered from syphilis and alcoholism and died in French Polynesia at age 54 from a morphine overdose.

Family Life

He married a Danish woman named Mette-Sophie Gad, with whom he had five children. His passion for art eventually consumed him, and his wife kicked him out. He returned to Paris where he spent the rest of his life battling depression.

Associated With

He was a friend and artistic contemporary of fellow renowned painter Vincent van Gogh.