Canaletto by Alberto Cottino

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His unconventional style did not please the conservative men and women who wanted haughty behavior of the only flattering portraits, nor did the often the very beginning that Papeete his dreams. Furthermore, artist himself. Once known for its it had been clear from was anything but the enchanting picturesque charm, streets its village of were lined with rows of undistinguished Western-style stores and ugly brick buildings. The French influence had extended who now once colorful Tahitians as well, imitated their colonizers by dressing in European clothing, replac- ing native garb.

Nonetheless, Gauguin was determined to pursue his goal. Madagascar no longer interested him — he feared that it was too close to the civilized world. Instead, he planned to go to the island of Tahiti, a French colony in the Pacific, and he was willing to Parisian galleries were unable to self at auction. in his power to get there. If paintings, he would sell do everything sell his But he needed help to make such an auction Gauguin's arrogance had, through the years, friends. Nonetheless, he still had them him- successful.

Van Gogh, up painting five years younger than Gauguin, had as a profession at the relatively late age of thirty, although he had drawn and sketched long before then. He, was an artist like with strong convictions, and both searched for expressing themselves through their art. Gauguin, new ways They were, because of this, of united by a feeling of isolation from the popular artistic movements of their time. Van Gogh had come brother, Theo, sold works of asm for few did to Paris in live with his devoted younger who worked in an art gallery.

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