Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848 –1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist and an important figure in the Symbolist art movement of the early 1900’s. Paul Gauguin was born in Paris, France but spend most of his life in Tahiti, giving him an exotic environment to paint. His use of bold colours, exaggerated body proportions and stark contrasts in his art prints, set him apart from his contemporaries, and led him directly to the ‘Synthetist’ style of modern art.
His work was especially influential to the French avant-garde artists, as well as many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin’s art became especially popular after his death and many of his paintings were in the possession of Russian collector, Sergei Shchukin. Although his paintings are rarely for sale, they can demand as much as $39.2 million a piece.