Noa Noa.
Paul Gauguin

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Noa Noa.

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A. Balland

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 journal 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 reveals 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 women.
The journal 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 Tahitians are eloquently expressed in his narrative. We understand the motives that drove him and gain a deeper appreciation of his art.
Today 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 unique and passionate testament accessible to all art lovers.

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Cover of: Noa Noa
Noa Noa
1987, Edition de l'Association des amis du Musée Gauguin, "Gauguin and Oceania Foundation"
in French - Facsimile ed. of Gauguin's original Noa Noa manuscript of 1895.
Cover of: Noa Noa
Noa Noa: Gauguin's Tahiti
July 1985, Salem House Publishers
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Noa Noa.
Noa Noa.
1966, A. Balland
in French

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Bibliography: p. [151]-[189]


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ND553.G27 A23 1966

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225 p.
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