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Paul Gauguins Inspiration in French Polynesia

 


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A leading post-impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin's work and life reached one of its most significant turning points when he migrated to the idyllic setting of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Much in the same vein as many modern backpackers, Gauguin's trip into the 118-island archipelago was motivated by a desire to get away from the complex and crowded life of western civilisation.

Artistic influence

Taking up residence in the then primitive Tahiti, which now has more than its fair share of French Polynesia hostels, Gauguin lived on the island for much of his elderly life, moving to the Marguesas Islands where he died in 1903.

However, Gauguin spent enough time on the island to break with the former conventions of his own artwork and develop a style that has become so renowned today - and who could blame him.

French Polynesia hostels are undoubtedly some of the most exciting sleeping spots in the world, surrounded by natural beauty, colourful landscapes and vibrant tribal cultures that maintain much of their traditions.

Gauguin became understandably entranced by these inspirational islands, which became reflected in his simplistic, richly coloured artistic style that found its expression through sketches, paintings and sculpture.

Artwork

It was through this artwork that some of the beauty of these islands, as evidence of its outstanding impact on its visitors, can be revealed to any would-be budget traveller considering a trip to French Polynesia.

Stylistically unmistakable, Gauguin's blend of impressionist influence with the simple use of starkly contrasting, yet vibrant colours taking French Polynesian landscapes and people as its main subject matter.

Much in the vein of the modern day backpacker, Gauguin also went to live among the island's native population, away from the European township of Papetee where he had settled for some time.

Aside from his drawings and paintings, Gauguin also developed a unique pottery style, using his bare hands, out of which he would model Polynesian-influenced forms onto flat tablets, much in the same style as his artwork.

Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers.com Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of French Polynesia, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most French Polynesia hostels

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