In 1848, on June 7, Paul Gauguin was born in Paris. His family was of Spanish-Peruvian origin.
In 1849, he left with his family for Peru, but returned to Paris six years later.
His stay in Latin America, made him love exotic trips.
This is why, at the age of 17, he embarked as a sailor and went to Rio de Janeiro, Panama, the islands of Polynesia and India.
In 1867, he returned to France to do his military service and then he started working in an office while he took up painting.
In 1874, he met the painter Pissarro who introduced him to impressionism, the big artistic movement of the end of the 19th century founded by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Cézanne and others.
In 1886, he also met the great painter Vincent Van Gogh, who had a profound influence on his work.
In 1891, he sold some of his paintings and left for Polynesia. Seduced by its civilization, he stayed there and he lived as people of the country.
That’s why his paintings represent the simple life of the Maori people as well as the exoticism of Tahiti.
His most important painting contains the following philosophical reflection:
Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going?