What are we? On Paul Gauguin and authenticity in art and life
Paul Gauguin is widely regarded as one of the best artists of the 19th-century, known for his vibrant paintings of Tahitian women. But in order to achieve this success, he abandoned his wife and children in Paris to travel to Polenesia. He knowingly infected some of the young women he painted with syphilis. In light of philosopher Bernard Williams’ essay on Gauguin titled ‘Moral Luck’, Daniel Callcut, writing in Aeon magazine, discusses Gauguin’s life decisions, success, and reminds us that no one, not even the greats, are beyond criticism.
From Aeon magazine