375 stars I enjoyed the way Gauguin painted this view of Tahiti and his diligence in recording all of the gods and goddesses of that place I found some parts to be beautifully written and others dull I particularly enjoyed the last section about the double hauled canoe with the phosphorescent trail sailing in the night back to shore after a day of fishing and legends His child bride while a disturbing concept was my favorite character In his words and his view of her she had a mesmerizing combination of wisdom And Immaturity I Loved immaturity I loved sorrowful playful depth of her character in the book I am going to look up photos or paintings of her now to put a face with her beautiful name The end left me wishing for a seuel I wanted to know what became of Tehura s life after Gauguin leaves her on the rock and if they met again when Gauguin returns from France for the last years of his life although I hope she found a lover who could truly provide for her emotionally and culturally Paul Gauguin s ournal of his time in Tahiti living with a native girl in an attempt to better understand the native Tahitian culture and make himself a free and natural artist by getting himself outside of the stifling Euorpean society he comes from The ournal provides a glimpse of Tahiti in the late 19th century and a glimpse into some of Gauguin s artisitc motivations and inspirations but it also the late 19th century and a glimpse into some of Gauguin s artisitc motivations and inspirations but it also the reader to examine some interesting contradictions in Gauguin he wants to become part of the Tahitian community he adopts as his home and has a much better understanding and admiration of their customs than some other Europeans but still is encumbered by his European background and sees things through a European filter even when attempting to leave European ideas behind He finds love and happiness with the young native girl the difference in their ages and the fact that he has left his wife in Europe is probably a barrier to complete sympathy with Gauguin for most readers but suddenly leaves her and his adopted Tahitian community at the end of the ournal to return home to Europe In a way despite his uest and his deepening understanding he continues the European history of seeing Tahiti as a place to arrive at conuer or use for his own purposes and abandon when convenient It was an artistic missionFeverish expectancyThe place retains its original character of solitude and isolationOrange sails on the blue sea and often the line of reefs shown in a sudden silvery gleam under the sunueen dispersed grace everywhere about her made everything she touched a work of artDepleting primitive beautyHer Arms were like two columns of temple simple straightHorizontal lines of shoulderBlack dress with bare feet and a fragrant flower behind the earFor a long time I was caressed by the memoryThe dream brutally disappointed by the actualityTo find the traces of past if any such traces remainedToo violent contact with the waves and the rocks To the left was the wilderness with its perspective of great forestsMysterious sacred writing of the ancient OrientI am learning to know the silence of a Tahitian nightThese regular intervals of light suggest a musical instrument to meAt night by the grace of the moon calls forth in the memory of the dreamer well loved melodiesA Maori hut does not separate man from life from space from the infiniteNature is rich she is generous she refuses to no one who will ask his share of her treasures of which she has inexhaustible reserves in the trees in the mountainsThe landscape with it violent pure colors dazzled and blinded meSingle mobile line a mingling of all oy and all sufferingThese large eyes fear and the desire for the unknown the melancholy of bitter experience which lies at the root of all pleasuresCivilization and its absurdities are falling from me little by littleClandestine and sadistic colors of loveDense curtain of treesDivine brutalityThrough her dress of almost transparent rose colored muslin one could
see the golden skin of her shoulders and armsLaughter and melancholyHappiness and work the golden skin of her shoulders and armsLaughter and melancholyHappiness and work up together with the sun radiant like itI enter into mysteries which hitherto remained inaccessible to meA phosphorescent light was streaming from her staring eyesTwo opposite beings infinitely varied were mingled in oneTehura is nothing but a black point in a circle of lightVague memories Enjoying read interesting look into Paul Gaugin s experience of Tahitian culture He discusses his personal relationships and how he got along with. Paul Gauguin fled what he called filthy Europe in 1891 to what he hoped would be an unspoiled paradise Tahiti He painted 66 magnificent can vases during the first two years he spent there and kept notes from which he later wrote Noa Noa a ournal recording his thoughts and impressions of that time Noa Noa the most widely known of Gauguin's writings is reproduced here from a rare early edition 1919 in a lucid translation capturing the artist's unpretentious style Page after page reveal. .
L Gauguin is one of my favorite painters Actually as I write this there is a print of his painting Mahana No Atua hanging next to me on my bedroom wall So during my winter break I decided to read his Tahitian
Noa NoaNoa is a travelogue written by Gauguin first published in 1901 Although Gauguin billed the book as his genuine experiences it seems pretty clear to me and other critics that it s mostly fictional or exaggerated That being said I found the book to be very interestingFrom a narrative perspective Noa Noa is a bit dull Gauguin s writing style has a tendency to be wordy and pedantic However from an ideological perspective it s uite interesting To my mind Gauguin is an excellent example of Romanticism and Romantic thoughtIf you don t know Romanticism was an artistic and ideological movement that reacted against the know Romanticism was an artistic and ideological movement that reacted against the Romantics believed that the world could not be understood purely though the lens of science and rational thought Instead the focused on emotion individualism the wonders of the national world and the past Gauguin is famous for his disgust for European society which he believed had become corrupted by industrialization and modernization He Perfect journeyed to the island of Tahiti in search of a authentic way of life which would connect him to nature and genuine human experience As Gauguin says in Noa Noa All theoys animal and human of a free life are mine I have escaped everything that is artificial conventional customary I am entering into truth into nature Having the certitude of a succession of days like this present one eually free and beautiful peace descends on me I develop normally and no longer occupy myself with useless vanities In some ways this is lovely sentiment and it translates into lovely art Gauguin s paintings are alluring and colorful depicting a world that is a mixture of fantastical imaginings and sunlight Romantic artists attempt to depict the world not as it is seen by the eye but how it is perceived by the human mind and soul In large part it is an effective rejoinder to the Neoclassical movement and resulted in the priceless works of artists like Caspar David Friedrich and Th odore G ricault who incidentally are both on my list of favorite artistsHowever it is very easy to look at Gauguin s paintings say they are beautiful and otherworldly and forget that they were modeled on real people and real cultures Noa Noa besides being a perfect example of the the Romantic ideology is also a problematic text While reading I winced than once when Gauguin made an off hand remark about the inferiority or primitiveness of the Tahitian people While he clearly admires their culture there are also clear undertones of racism He repeatedly refers to them as savages and notes that they are childlikeIn some ways Gauguin s paintings rob their subjects of their humanity making them stand ins for his ideological uest instead of real people One can make the argument that many artists use their subjects in similar ways however Gauguin s paintings are particularly problematic in that they further stereotype and dehumanize a group of people who were already stereotyped and dehumanized Perhaps the best example of this is Gauguin s description of a walk through the forest that he takes with a Tahitian friendWith the suppleness of an animal and the graceful litheness of an androgyne he walked a few paces in advance of meWas it really a human being walking there ahead of me Was it the naive friend by whose combined simplicity and complexity I had been so attracted Was it not rather the forest itself the living Forest without sex and yet alluring While his ideas have a sort of poetic resonance they are extremely problematic when you consider that he is reducing a real person to vegetation This makes Noa Noa a difficult text Should one look at it as a reminder of a past dominated by racism and colonialism Or is it helpful to set Gauguin s artistic achievements aside from his shortcomings as an individual Whichever answer comes to mind Noa Noa is certainly a text worth reading The European invasion and monotheism have destroyed these vestiges of civilization which had its own grandeur In contact with us they have become savages in the sense which the Latin occident has given this word p47More than anything else I enjoyed these remarks about the 19th century Tahitians made by Gauguin and his report on their intricate lost Religion all in the third half of his notebook A great mind as I have suspected. Tahitians are elouently expressed in his narrative We understand the motives that drove him and gain a deeper appreciation of his artToday the manuscript provides unparalleled insight into Gauguin's thoughts as he strove to achieve spiritual peace and into the wellsprings of a singular artistic style which changed the course of modern art This wonderfully affordable edition enhanced by 24 of Gauguin's South Seas drawings makes a uniue and passionate testament accessible to all art love.journal noa noanoa
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each other at first He was fascinated by the Tahitians and their relationship with the natural worldother at first He was fascinated by the Tahitians and their relationship with the natural world was much closer and harmonious than in the EuropeanFrench view he came from He relays their creation story which comes from the night s stars and he learned through his wife He found this world so much beautiful than where he came from and it inspired much of his art that he is famous for I looked at his art of European scenes and they were not captivating like his Oceana subjects I am a huge fan of Gauguin Since I First Read About I first read about I ve been a sucker for his philosophy and this short work is one of the few personal looks into it This work illustrates the culmination of his life and ideals where he finally moves to the depths of Tahiti a land hardly tainted by European influence for two years in a romantic attempt to go native It seems he was successful and uite happy there and it is no wonder that he returned to spend the final ten years of his life among these primitive people of the Oceanic Islands I do wish he hadn t spent so much time chronicling Tahitian mysticism I suppose it does illustrate the similarities and advancements of these people looked at as savages but it still serves as a dull moment in his memoir This is a beautifully produced little edition of Gauguin s Going Om journal a work of art in itself I m surprised I didn t comment on it when I read it a couple years ago He describes moving to Tahiti the friends he won over the paintings he worked on little bits of language he learns He writes with an artists passion and even crosses over to the realm of complete fantasy In 1894 Paul Gauguin left France for Tahiti to get away from the decadence of Europe What he found was beautiful islands tropical warmth and most importantly unspoiled undecadent unEuropean and extremely beautiful people This book was theournal he kept It is uite a lovely book with his art work His thoughts and his writing are uite lyrical He also discovered that Europeans had already tried to change these beautiful people with their religion and customs He lived there for two years and did some of his best work on the islands 35 stars Gauguin s account of his two years in Tahiti are interesting Much of the later half of the text is about Maori spirituality and their pantheon Yet the first part recounts his experience of arriving on the island at the time of the death of King Pomare There are descriptions about the effects of colonialism upon Maori culture and the beauty of the earlier age Gauguin describes components of his time as he tries to become less urbane by moving out of the city center of Papeete into the rural countryside of Tahiti He takes up residency in Mata ea the rural countryside of Tahiti He takes up residency in Mata ea the countryside he learns of some of the Tahitian myths and beliefs of the area One that stands out is about the phosphorescent dust from mushrooms The locals believed that the lights were spirits of the dead Gauguin also describes how he came to marry Tehura I remember hearing about this in my art history class but it is different to read Gauguin s firsthand account His portrayal is almost like he fell into the arrangement while traveling through Faone p59 and that her age of 13 was normal for the time and culture of Tahiti p61 Tehura was given to Gauguin by her adoptive mother with an agreed upon 8 day trial run After which Tehura returned home on her own to check in with her family and then decided if she wanted to be permanently Gauguin s companion The ordeal seems very matter of fact and not as salacious as I remember it was described in class Gauguin describes a happy life with Tehura There was one point where he wrote about her laying on a bed afraid of spirits and it sounds ust like his painting Spirit of the Dead Watchingp73 see below uote Throughout the book are wonderful woodcuts Some resemble paintings of his that I remember On many of these he carved the initials TSO but I am not sure what they reference I need to research some about this time in his life and what happened after he left Tahitiuickly I struck a match and sawTehura immobile naked lying face downward flat on the bed with the eyes inordinately large with fear She looked at me and seemed not to recognize me As for myself I stood for some moments strangely uncertain A contagion emanated from the terror of Tehura I had the illusion that a phosphorescent light was streaming from her staring eyes Never had I seen her so beautiful so tremulously beautiful p73 Pau. S Gauguin's keen observations of Tahiti and its people and his passionate struggle to achieve the inner harmony he expressed so profoundly on canvas Gauguin's prose is as seductive as his paintings filled with descriptions of warm seas hidden lagoons lush green forests and beautiful Maori womenThe ournal is captivating reading offering a compelling autobiographical fragment of the soul of a genius and a rare glimpse of Oceanian culture The brief periods of happiness Gauguin found among the.