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Noa Noa — The Tahiti Journals of Paul Gaugin by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Journaling

Chronicle Books re-released Noa Noa: The Tahiti Journal Of Paul Gauguin and it is an absolutely gorgeous book! When Gauguin first tried to publish the journals in 1900, noone would buy them manuscript. It was controversial, quirky, and even a bit steamy! Gauguin ended up publishing the book himself, and the cost restraints made him unable to include the ten original woodcuts he had created to accompany the entries.

This edition includes these original woodcuts as well as scans of the original sketchbook journal pages that the journals were based on. The translation by O.F. Theis managed to retain all the original stylistic quirks Gauguin was famous for.

This is an intriguing look at the European view of another culture. Gauguin vacillates between looking down on the Tahitian people and admiring them greatly. His observations remain unfiltered, giving the reader a full view of his experiences. A fascinating read!

More On Gauguin:

Looking for a great young adult book about Gauguin? Smoking Mirror: An Encounter With Paul Gauguin By Douglas Rees mixes fact and fiction in this fascinating addition to the Watson-Guphill Art Encounters series! Even though they are designed for 8th to 12th grade I’ve personally found them to be great reads!

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