Sometimes admired, sometimes criticized, but never ignored, Gauguin's paintings were greeted with incomprehension and the artist's lifestyle castigated as immoral.
Yet, today, he's seen as a major figure in modern art. His explorations of a primitive and exotic kind of art, freed from the rules of Western society, influenced many artists including Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky.
The film makes creative use of animation to embody the artist's emotions and aesthetic obsessions and shed new light on a highly unusual body of work.
Marie-Christine COURTES is an author, journalist, writer and director. After having been a journalist-reporter for France Televisions, Envoyé Spécial... she made documentaries and the animated short film Under your fingers which in 2016 received 17 awards, 2 special mentions and a nomination to the Cesar 2016.
- BONUS (26 mn): episode of the Collection SMART SECRETS OF GREAT PAINTINGS on the work Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going ? (Paul Gauguin).
This episode comes from volume 3 of the collection (15 works commented on), which propose to discover how any work of art echoes the spirit of its time, with techniques of digital animation 2D and 3D.