b. 1848
- d. 1903
  • France
Turnover 2023
$USD 113.859.566
Record Sale
$USD 105.730.000

Paul Gauguin’s (1848-1903) life was marked by a series of creative pursuits and an unceasing wanderlust. From his early career as a stockbroker to his later resolution to devote himself entirely to art, Gauguin embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led him to redefine the boundaries of color, form, and symbolism in art.

Gauguin’s quest for authenticity and his yearning for a life more closely aligned with nature and indigenous cultures impelled him to depart Europe and seek artistic inspiration in far-flung locales such as Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. These experiences gave rise to some of his most iconic works, distinguished by vibrant palettes, flattened perspectives, and a fusion of European and Polynesian motifs. His paintings, suffused with spiritual and mythological themes, underscored his dedication to conveying emotional depth and universal truths through visual language.

Despite encountering financial hardships and personal challenges, Gauguin remained unwavering in his pursuit of artistic freedom and innovation. His legacy is firmly anchored in his influence on the Symbolist movement and his role as a harbinger of modernist tendencies that would shape the course of art in the 20th century. His enduring impact on subsequent generations of artists is manifest in his role as a precursor to Fauvism, Symbolism, and even facets of Primitivism. Gauguin’s legacy transcends time, illustrating the transformative power of artistic vision and the quest for profound, uncharted forms of expression.


Record Sale

Paul GAUGUIN (1848-1903)
Maternité II (1899)

94.7 x 61 cm


Lot # 11
Hammer price: $ 92,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 105,730,000


Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I
09 nov 2022, New York NY, United States.

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