Gauguin: Faust, Fraud or Both?

Was Gauguin’s Tahitian venture a Faust-like journey, an art scam or both?

Agents of Change
Modern Identities
Published in
5 min readDec 31, 2023

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Images courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum. Tahitian Women Bathing and Three Tahitian Women.

By Daniel Gauss

When Paul Gauguin reached Tahiti in 1891, to become the ‘noble savage’ he always felt he was destined to become (he boasted of having Peruvian blood as proof of his innate primitivism), he found that it had already been transformed into a French…

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