Gauguin's Skirt by Stephen F. Eisenman
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Gauguin's Skirt
By Stephen F. Eisenman

Gauguin's Skirt

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Gauguin's Skirt by Stephen F. Eisenman

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This work is about contemporary Tahitians and a long-dead French painter, sex today and sex in the late-19th century, and colonialism old and new. Paul Gauguin travelled to Tahiti in 1891 in search of an exotic paradise. What he found instead was a French colony ostentatiously divided by race, sex and class. The artist began to explore the complexities of his world through drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting. These works depict ancient and modern Tahitians at labour and leisure and the landscape of Polynesia; they also expose the contradictory perspective of an avant-garde artist exiled both from the modern French metropolis and from the traditions of the indigenous Maohi culture. Based upon archival and ethnographic research in France and Tahiti, this book challenges interpretations of the political and gender content of the notorious artist's pictures, and argues that many of Gauguin's most famous pictures are far more knowing than had previously been supposed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500280386
ISBN-10: 050028038X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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