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Van Gogh and Gauguin
Produced by: Marijke van der Meer
Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin were two of the greatest painters of the late 19th century. A brief but intense collaboration occurred between the two artists. They met in Paris in the autumn of 1887. Each man tried to learn from the other and admired the other's work. Their collaboration was marked at first by mutual support and dialogue, but there was also competition and friction. The men differed sharply in their views on art: Gauguin favored working from memory and allowing abstract mental processes to shape his images, while Vincent held an unshakeable reverence for the physical reality of the observable world of models and Nature. This is reflected in the very different techniques each artist used. But toward the end of 1888, a series of violent incidents around Christmas Eve brought a dramatic end to their collaboration. This is the story of their personal and professional relationship.

Program Credits

Van Gogh and Gauguin was produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer for Radio Netherlands. It airs as part of our special international collaboration, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Eyes of Van Gogh
The Web site of an independent film documenting the life of Van Gogh, including his interactions with Gauguin.

The Van Gogh Museum
This museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands is devoted to the artist's life and works.

The Vincent van Gogh Gallery
Explore the works of van Gogh.

Paul Gauguin Gallery
View Gauguin's work.

Yellow House: Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin Side by Side
by: Susan Goldman Rubin, Joseph A. Smith (Illustrator) 2001
A thought-provoking story about how artists generate and share ideas, and how they work.

Van Gogh and Gauguin: Electric Arguments and Utopian Dreams
by: Bradley Collins 2003
Explores the tumultuous relationship between two great masters of 19th century painting, and the impact of that relationship on their art.

Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art
by: Debora Silverman July 2004
This book reinterprets the two artists' collaboration by focusing on how their art expressed the two painters' very different religious backgrounds.

Gauguin's Intimate Journals
by: Paul Gauguin 1997
Gauguin describes his life, his work, and his relationship with Van Gogh.

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