|DAY 214||PROFILES IN ART|
FROM STOCKBROKER TO SYMBOLIST
Paul Gauguin was born to a radical French journalist father and Peruvian-Creole mother. Soon after Gauguin was born, the family fled France for Peru to escape persecution for his father’s outspoken opinions. As fate would have it, Gauguin’s father subsequently died on the voyage, and the family spent the next few years living with relatives in Lima before returning to France.
After traveling the world with the navy, Gauguin settled in Paris where he became a stockbroker; he married in 1873 and eventually had five children. Gauguin enjoyed painting as a ...