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Paul Gauguin

L’Allée des Alyscamps,Arles Painted at the end of October 1888 Oil on canvas 72.5 x 91.5cm
Alyscamps, which contains the Latin root meaning paradise, is an ancient pagan burial ground located southeast of Arles, France, and today is one of the town’s noted landmarks. This tree-lined road, strewn with Roman stone coffins, was also painted by Van Gogh, but from the opposite direction. This extremely interesting work was painted by Gauguin during the early stages of his short-lived communal life with Van Gogh in Arles.

HISTORY

1848
Born on the rue de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris.
1862
Enrolls in the Loriol boarding school in Paris.
1868
Is interested in art by his guardian, Gustave Arosa.
1876
His Sous-bois de Viloflay is selected by the Salon officiel.
1879
Exhibits a small statue at the fourth Impressionist exhibition.
1880
Exhibits 7 oil paintings and a sculpture at the fifth Impressionist exhibition.
1881
Exhibits 8 oil paintings, a small sculpture, and a medallion at the sixth Impressionist exhibition.
1882
Exhibits 12 oil paintings and pastels and a bust of his beloved child Clovis at the seventh Impressionist exhibition.
1886
Exhibits 19 oil paintings at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition in May. Meets Van Gogh later that year.
1888
Travels to Van Gogh’s home in Arles on 23 October, but returns to Paris on 26 December after Van Gogh’s “ear incident.” Has his first one-man show at the Boussod et Valadon art gallery.
1889
Is invited to exhibit with the group of twenty.
1893
Writes Cahier pour Aline.
1901
Builds and lives in his Cottage of Pleasure in Atuona on the island of Hiva Oa.
1903(age 55)
Dies of a heart attack at 11:00 a.m. on 8 May. s buried in Atuona’s Catholic cemetery the next day.