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Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter / Donatien Grau (Introduction) Paul Gauguin (Artist)


Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter by Donatien Grau (Introduction) Paul Gauguin (Artist)

“People tell me I’m not Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Puvis de Channes--but I already know that! Why tell me?”  – Paul Gauguin

“Criticism is our censorship...” So begins one of the greatest invectives against criticism ever written by an artist.

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) wrote “Racontars de Rapin” only months before he died in 1903, but the essay remained unpublished until 1951.

Gauguin unpacks what he viewed as the mistakes and misjudgments behind much of art criticism, revealing not only how wrong critics’ interpretations have been, but also what it would mean to approach art properly––to really look.

Through Gauguin’s final piece of writing we see the artist in the full throes of passion––for his work, for his art, for the art of others and against anyone who would stand in his way.

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