Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Paradise Found" the title of a 2003 Kiefer Sutherland movie about Post-Impressionist and early Colorist Paul Gauguin. Haven't heard of the movie? No wonder--it's not very good. But is does do a good job portraying an artist's passion to create, especially something new, and dramatizes the sacrifices artists and their families make in the pursuit of art. Memorable quote: "To create something new it is necessary to go back to the infancy of humanity, face to face with the mystery of our origins--where do we come from? what are we? where are we going?" Gauguin created something new--by referencing something old. His explorations of symbols and "primitivism" in the 1890s eventually led other artists into the world of Surrealism.

1 comment:

  1. I recently enjoyed the movie "Modigliani," again. Some reviewed it as the worst movie ever, but I loved it.

    I'll try to see this Gauguin movie, on your sideways recommendation.


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