Paul Gauguin was a French Post Impressionist painter who was heavily influenced by Japanese and folk art. His compositions use complementary colours to create strong contrasts. The shapes and forms are on the verge of being abstract and his use of blacks and dark tones mean that the bright primary colours, and frequently secondary greens, oranges and purples, of his palette appear vivid and stark in comparison.

Gauguin’s move to Tahiti and subsequent travels had a huge influence on his work and many of his paintings depict landscapes and people from this time. He worked alongside van Gough and Degas and was cited as a great influence by Picasso. You can clearly see how Gauguin’s work sits in the timeline between the solar colour experiments of the Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists and the Cubists and Abstract artists who came after him.