Gauguin Polynesia

In 1891, disillusioned with European civilization and "everything that is artificial and conventional," Paul Gauguin sailed to French Polynesia. This thoughtfully curated work, edited by Suzanne Greub, places gorgeous reproductions of the artist's Tahitian paintings in the context of the indigenous art and culture that inspired them.

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