Gauguin: Letters to His Wife and Friends

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Paul Gauguin
edited by Maurice Malingue

"You tell me that I am wrong to remain far away from the artistic center," Gauguin wrote to his wife, Mette, from Tahiti. "No, I am right. My artistic center is in my brain and not elsewhere." This volume of letters, the most complete available in English, offers an uncensored glimpse into Gauguin’s life, from his early development as an artist to his extraordinary adventure in the South Seas. Gauguin’s writings show him to be a talented, uninhibited literary stylist. Nowhere is this more evident than in these missives to his associates, friends and, above all, his wife, for whom he detailed his plans, described works in progress, and gave running accounts of his life on distant shores. Now restored to print on the centennial of the artist’s death, this is one of the most compelling, intimate, and revealing epistolary autobiographies ever assembled.

288 pages
5 1/2" x 8 1/4", softcover
16 b/w illustrations