Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), a French Post-Impressionist painter. In his childhood he lived with his family in Peru and returned to Paris at the age of six. After few years working on a merchant ship and joining the French navy. He settled back in Paris with a wife and 5 children. He spent few years as being a stockbroker, but his desire to paint was too strong, so he gave up his job and his family, and travelled to exotic places where he lived in a primitve hut and mecame immersed in the local culture.
Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh became great friends, despite the great love, they also had fierce arguments. Both of them suffered from periods of depression and manic mood swings. Some historians say that Gauguin was the one that cut off Van Gogh's ear after an argument with a sword in 1888.
Gauguin's developed a new style which mixed impressionism and avan garde style, with bold colors, primitive style and paintings of young Polynesian girls.