Noa Noa

République des Lettres
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Texte intégral révisé du manuscrit original suivi d'une biographie de Paul Gauguin. Préface et postface de Victor Segalen. Récit autobiographique du premier séjour effectué par Gauguin à Tahiti entre 1891 et 1893, "Noa Noa" ("parfumé" en tahitien) relate sa découverte de la Polynésie et de la civilisation maorie en même temps que son aventure intérieure, celle de la renaissance esthétique et spirituelle d'un homme et d'un artiste qui, au contact des "sauvages", a fait mourir en lui "le vieux civilisé". Laissant parler sa jeune maîtresse Tehura, ce sont l'histoire, la cosmogonie, la vie quotidienne, les rites, la langue, les dieux, la sensualité et, somme toute, "l'âme" du peuple maori passant par le mystère de la femme qui traverse ce journal intime d'un peintre en quête d'un paradis terrestre, d'une sorte d'Eden mythique où retrouver l'innocence perdue. Les deux textes de Victor Segalen, qui a découvert la version enluminée du manuscrit de "Noa Noa" après la mort du peintre, éclairent et enrichissent cette épopée polynésienne. "Noa Noa" constitue une œuvre à part entière, incontournable pour qui veut comprendre l'immensité de la création de Gauguin et son apport non seulement pictural (par la marque décisive qu'il a laissé dans l'histoire de l'art moderne: primitivisme, fauvisme, nabisme, expressionnisme, cubisme,...), mais aussi littéraire.
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Paul Gauguin est un peintre français.

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Publisher
République des Lettres
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Published on
Aug 19, 2017
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Pages
120
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ISBN
9782824903699
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Language
French
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
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Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin fled what he called "filthy Europe" in 1891 to what he hoped would be an unspoiled paradise, Tahiti. He painted 66 magnificent can vases during the first two years he spent there and kept notes from which he later wrote Noa Noa — a journal recording his thoughts and impressions of that time.
Noa Noa — the most widely known of Gauguin's writings — is reproduced here from a rare early edition (1919), in a lucid translation capturing the artist's unpretentious style. Page after page reveals Gauguin's keen observations of Tahiti and its people, and his passionate struggle to achieve the inner harmony he expressed so profoundly on canvas. Gauguin's prose is as seductive as his paintings, filled with descriptions of warm seas, hidden lagoons, lush green forests, and beautiful Maori women.
The journal is captivating reading, offering a compelling autobiographical fragment of the soul of a genius and a rare glimpse of Oceanian culture. The brief periods of happiness Gauguin found among the Tahitians are eloquently expressed in his narrative. We understand the motives that drove him and gain a deeper appreciation of his art.
Today the manuscript provides unparalleled insight into Gauguin's thoughts as he strove to achieve spiritual peace, and into the wellsprings of a singular artistic style which changed the course of modern art. This wonderfully affordable edition — enhanced by 24 of Gauguin's South Seas drawings — makes a unique and passionate testament accessible to all art lovers.
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