Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gauguin

Tahitian Women On the Beach
Tahitian Women On the Beach, Paul Gauguin, 1891.

"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge." -- Paul Gauguin.

12 comments:

Ruth said...

I guess he had a hard life at times. I wonder what he meant when he said that. The look on the women's faces suits the quote very well.

Nice to see a new post, Claudia.

Shaista said...

Oh yes, a very powerful quote, and as Ruth says, the quote suits Gauguin's women.. the mysterious churning mind of women :)
I love your poetry selections.. Collins, Cope, Merwin... wonderful choices.

João said...

there's always another chance...sometimes not available to the same individuals, but another chance and you gotta hold on to that.

Claudia said...

Ruth, I think his words are a perfect reflection of the angst and bitternes that sprout from repeated confrontation with life's unfairness and its lack of a deeper meaning or purpose.

Shaista, thank you for your very kind and attentive comment!

Claudia said...

JC, sometimes people run out of stamina to tackle new chances.

rauf said...

not very saintly, thankfully. i am tired of saints Claudia. Did he have a fight with van gogh ?

Peter said...

Sometimes the "revenge" comes (too) late! But I guess Gauguin has got his!

Ruth said...

Yes, true. I was wondering if he had in mind something specific. I don't know enough details.

Ruth said...

I mean I don't know enough details about his life.

Claudia said...

He frequently had bitter clashes with Van Gogh over how art should evolve and what it should mean and convey, Rauf. Their friendship ended sourly after Arles.

I apreciate Gauguin, but I love Van Gogh, Peter.

Ruth, I think he didn't have a specific thing in mind when he said this. Gauguin was a misfit who was often misunderstood, had terrible luck all his life. He also suffered from severe bouts of depression, as did Van Gogh.

Anonymous said...

Gosh,I can only say finally!!!

jbkrost said...

hi,
just went to the gauguin show at the Cleveland museum of art pretty good the paintings were great....
too much other stuff, seemed to bog down the show
jb