Paul Gauguin Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. His bold experimentation with coloring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential exponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.
Ganguin: Post Impressionism. Intense light and clear color. Origininally a stockholder, he left his wife and family to pursue art in his 40's, he studied with Van Gogh, and traveled to colonial Tahiti to paint the setting and people there, in pursuit of paradise.