The Pursuit of Spiritual Wisdom: The Thought and Art of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1998 - Art - 211 pages
This book explores van Gogh's and Gauguin's conviction that the purpose of visual art in human culture is to communicate a spiritual understanding of existence comparable to the wisdom contained in the metaphors and parables of myths, religions, and literature. Monographic studies in the book, which entail many new interpretations of van Gogh's and Gauguin's imagery, reveal the ways in which their ideas and the specific events of their personal lives shaped their creation of meaningful symbolic motifs.
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Read chapters 7 [1891-1893; probably the most important years for the Tahitian project] and 8 [1893-1903] of SPIRITUAL WISDOM to authenticate a Gaugin painting [Arcarea] and got involved in Maurer's prose and arguments.
The Symbolist Revolt against Modern Life
The Symbolist Requirements of Art
The Existence of God and Eternity Van Goghs Search for Spiritual Salvation
Out of Darkness
Salvation in the South The Year in Arles
Through a looking glass by a dark reason The Final Struggle for Life and Art
From Here to Eternity Gauguins Journey Towards Nirvana
Decadence and Disillusionment in the West