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Price_Research - 1 Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas both are...

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Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas both are similar yet different in their own ways of art media. They are both best known for being painters. Degas is known as an Impressionist artist, while Gauguin is known as a Post- Impressionist artist. “An impressionist art is a style of painting aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details.” (Getlein 555). Degas’ paintings included many mediums, but preferred pastels, (a medium he found inclined to bolder effects than oils) to all others. Degas is widely known for his oil paintings, drawings, and bronzes of ballerinas. “Paul Gauguin took great pride in his self-imposed “outsider” status.”(Getlein 25). Paul Gauguin is known for his cultural paintings, wood carvings and sculptures. He frequently combined the people and objects in his painting in narrative ways. Gauguin’s paintings were typically bold and used bright colors in odd places. Paul Gauguin was born in Paris on June 7, 1848. The French Post-Impressionist painter worked until the financial crash of 1883 as a prosperous stockbroker for 12 years in Paris and Copenhagen. “Gauguin was an enthusiastic Sunday painter. The Salon of 1867 accepted one of his pictures and he started a collection of works by impressionist painters.”(Gibson 13). In 1873, he married a Danish woman named Mette Sophia Gad and together they had 5 children. At the age of 35, he abandoned his business career, spent time away from his family and took up painting full time. “When Paul Gauguin submitted his work to be considered for the Impressionists’ fourth exhibition, not many had heard of the stock agent who had only recently taken up painting.”(Mancoff ¶ 1). Gauguin often painted spiritual paintings, some even with himself as 1
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Gauguin painted pictures about faith, The Vision After the Sermon , was inspired by folk art and medieval stained glass. The people in The Vision After the Sermon are poor. They are visualizing the sermon they just heard. “The painting The Vision After the Sermon is a picture of peasant people who are coming home from church watching Jacob wrestle with an Angel of the Lord.” (Gibson 15). The Vision After the Sermon uses very bright colors, in odd places. For example, the grass is red! These unusual colors are often a part of Gauguin’s art media. Gauguin used intense, unnatural color without any sign of
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