Cultural References 


The Yellow House (2007)

In 2007, Channel 4 ran a drama called The Yellow House which followed the lives of Gauguin and Van Gogh for the nine weeks in late 1888 that the two of them shared a home in Arles in Southern France. It’s the story of the shot life of Van Gogh’s Studio of the South, the place he’d wanted to become a center for all artists to focus on their art and share their talents with each other.

In Music

Le Ragazze Di Gauguin by Grazia Di Michele
Me and Gauguin by Conrad
Move Over Mr. Gauguin by Michael Smith

In Literature

The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence is a novel based on the life of Paul Gauguin, written by William Somerset Maugham. The title may be taken from a review in the Times Literary Supplement of the book Maugham wrote before The Moon and Sixpence, Of Human Bondage, where the main character is said to be “so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feet."  Strickland is in many ways Gauguin and it is narrated by a writer who feels impelled to set down his memories of his early interactions with Strickland after Strickland's death and posthumous success. However, the narrator had never seen Strickland after he left Paris, so he goes to meet with a ship captain and a woman in Papeete for information about Strickland after Strickland arrived in Tahiti. The ship captain is described as a story-teller who may be spinning tall tales, a constant reminder to the reader that this is fiction, and not a biography of Gauguin.

Mr. Gauguin’s Heart

Mr. Gauguin’s Heart is a children’s book written by Marie-Danielle Croteau, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, and translated by Susan Ouriou.  It follows young Paul Gauguin’s journey with his imaginary orange dog from France to Peru.  Gauguin enjoys the journey until his father dies en route to Peru.  With the help of an old man, Gauguin learns to channel his feelings into painting and produces his first painting ever.

The Way to Paradise

The Way to Paradise is a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa that displays the lives of Paul Gauguin and his grandmother, Flora Tristan, side by side in alternating chapters with 11 chapters each. The book attempts to show how both grandmother and grandson work to break free from the narrow molds of the societies they came from, and abandon normal, bourgeois family lives for lives that they believe in.

In Movies

The Moon and Sixpence

Based on the novel by the same name, the film The Moon and Sixpence starring George Sanders and Herbert Marshall was released in 1942 and follows the novel in that it is inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin.

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