Paul Gauguin: The Mysterious Centre of Thought

October 29, 2020
Paul Gauguin: The Mysterious Centre of Thought

French artist Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) oncereproached the Impressionists for searching "around the eye and notat the mysterious centre of thought." But what did he mean by thisenigmatic phrase?In this innovative investigation into Gauguin's art and thought,Dario Gamboni illuminates Gauguin's quest for this "mysteriouscentre" and offers a fresh look at the artist's output in allmedia—from ceramics and sculptures to prints, paintings, and hislarge corpus of writings.Foregrounding Gauguin's conscious use of ambiguity, Gamboniunpacks what the artist called the "language of the listening eye."Gamboni shows that the interaction between perception, cognition,and imagination was at the core of Gauguin's work, and he traces aline of continuity in them that has been previously overlooked.Emulating Gauguin's wide-ranging curiosity with literature,psychology, theology, and the natural sciences—not to mention thewhole of art history—this richly illustrated book provides newinsight into the life and works of this well-known yet littleunderstood artist.