FAH245H1 Lecture : Retreats from the Modern World

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19 Dec 2011
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Will draw on concepts throughout whole course but don"t need to memorize pre- midterm things. Retreat from the subject matter and the world that had constituted the main interests of both impressionists + post-impressionists. Painting represents the place + painting style that he wants to retreat from. Gauguin, vision after the sermon: jacob wrestling with the angel, 1888. Visits breton, the most technologically backward region of france. Picture separated into 2 spaces the apple tree running between them: the earthly vs. heavenly world. Mirrored his fascination in traditions that were removed from the realities of living in modern capital cities and christendom. Juxtaposition of dancers beneath newly-constructed eiffel tower reminds him of the limitations he would experience if he stayed in france. This relationship influences the way gauguin has access to tahitian life styles. One woman wears native dress and woman to the right wears colonial dress.

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