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Gauguin's Skirt

Stephen F. Eisenman

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ISBN 10: 050028038X / ISBN 13: 9780500280386
Published by Thames & Hudson, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good + Soft cover
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Trade paperback, glossy covers. With 110 illustrations, 7 of which in full color. Beautiful color plates of the artist's paintings and numerous black-and-white photographs bringing to life subjects and scenes like those that inspired Paul Gauguin. Text is an exploration of sexual mores in Polynesia, as well as Gauguin's interactions on this level. Clean copy. 232 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 104

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Title: Gauguin's Skirt

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good +

Edition: First American edition.

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This work is about contemporary Tahitians and a long-dead French painter, sex today and sex in the late-19th century, and colonialism old and new. Paul Gauguin travelled to Tahiti in 1891 in search of an exotic paradise. What he found instead was a French colony ostentatiously divided by race, sex and class. The artist began to explore the complexities of his world through drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting. These works depict ancient and modern Tahitians at labour and leisure and the landscape of Polynesia; they also expose the contradictory perspective of an avant-garde artist exiled both from the modern French metropolis and from the traditions of the indigenous Maohi culture.

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Stephen F. Eisenman is Professor of Art History at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

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