Paul Gauguin was first a sailor, then a successful stockbroker in Paris. In 1874 he began to paint at weekends as a Sunday painter. Nine years later, after a stock-market crash, he felt confident of his ability to earn a living for his family by painting and he resigned his position and took up the painter’s brush full time.
Gauguin had only one wife in his life, and little is known about his muses. The painter himself was no romantic, and had a history of assault. But it can be said that his muse perhaps, was Tahiti itself, where he moved to. It was there that he found his style, discovered primitive art, with its flat forms and violent colours, belonging to an untamed nature and set in stone his name in the art world.