The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The name of the Symbolist painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) usually conjures
up the mysterious and the exotic: scenes of tropical landscapes, beautiful,
haunting images of women, and enigmatic titles such as Be in Love and You Will Be Happy and Whence Came
We? What Are We? Where Are We Going? But Gauguin began these paintings
only in the 1890s after he had left France and settled in Tahiti. He was by
then in his mid-40s. Behind him lay an entirely different Gauguin, Gauguin
the Impressionist. Greatly influenced by Camille Pissarro, he had taken part
in five of the eight Impressionist exhibits that were held in Paris between
1874 and 1886. In fact, of the some 30 years of his professional life, about
half were devoted to Impressionism; it was only during the latter half of
his career that he became known as a Symbolist.
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