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He was cruel to his wife, drove van Gogh mad and delighted in impregnating women. The central relationship in Gauguin's life is Vincent van Gogh. I'm too much of a just-the-facts-ma'am to speculate. If van Gogh had had more access to a gay culture, maybe he wouldn't have flipped out so much. The two months that Van Gogh and Gauguin spent at Maison Jaune in starting from the few objective facts, try to throw light on the obscurity of that time. There are no indications of a homosexual relation between them. findings to the larger population as in with statistical generalization where a sample . One night after an argument with Gauguin, Van Gogh went home and cut environment and later included the evolution of the maturing ego's relations . with the parent of the same sex and forms a jealous attachment to the parent of the.
It certainly seemed to them to be more common than it was in Western society. When Gauguin first went to Tahiti this was all very titillating to him. Here finally he had found a society where his own interests in violence and sexuality could be acted on without censure. But that was only true for a short period. And only as long as he wasn't an actual Tahitian resident.
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I made the distinction between his first trip to Tahiti as a tourist and his second trip where he came to stay.
Once he settled down there, society -- especially the Europeans and Europeanized Tahitians -- no longer would accept that behavior. So he had a falling out with the powers that be. Can we call Gauguin's paintings of half-naked men, like "Man With the Ax" [a Tahitian teenage boy wearing only a black loin cloth swings an ax over his sturdy shoulders], homoerotic?
Mostly because I know the literature that Gauguin wrote about these paintings. I associate the man with the ax with the story in [Gauguin's book] "Noa Noa.
Then he comes back and says, "Are you satisfied? It's amazing how Gauguin in his titles picks out words that are sexual.
I mean, wait a minute! But you don't believe Gauguin ever had actual sex with men?
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If you asked for my belief in my heart of hearts, I would say yes. But I have no proof of that. Men who have sex with men don't want that to be known most of the time so they don't write about it. They'd rather people didn't have any evidence or proof. I can't say, "Yes. I don't have that evidence. But if you asked me whether I think that he did, I would certainly say yes. The image of the ax coming down. There is real feeling there. I hope he did.
Then there is another story about going up into the mountains to find wood for Gauguin's sculptures. He talks about following the young man, and looking at his back, and becoming more and more attracted to him.
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Then the man turns around and Gauguin comes to his senses, and says, "I can't do this. It's a young man. We attacked with the ax a magnificent tree that had to be destroyed to get a branch suitable to my desires. I struck furiously and, my hands covered with blood, hacked away with the pleasure of sating one's brutality and of destroying something. As they returned Gauguin admired the beautiful back of his friend and compared it to the wood that they were carrying for the sculpture.
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And he says, "The tree smelt of roses, Noa Noa. We got back in the afternoon, tired. He said to me: This is very intense. If Gauguin really felt this way, I certainly hope he had sex with some of these men. The central relationship in Gauguin's life is Vincent van Gogh.
Gauguin seems to have treated that Dutchman rather badly.
Can you say anything good about their relationship? Well, I think they both got something out of it. Certainly Gauguin got the relationship with Theo [van Gogh], the brother [an art dealer]. That was great for Gauguin. That really, really made a huge difference in his career. And I think he certainly learned from Vincent, whose painting style was tremendously creative and rich.
Vincent too learned from Gauguin. But Vincent wanted it so badly. Their relationship wasn't sexual? Not as far as we know. But what do you think? I think not because Gauguin preferred younger, more attractive men. I think he had flirted with both Vincent and Theo, like he did with everybody.
Gauguin was wonderfully seductive. Both van Goghs liked him and were drawn to him for that reason -- I think Vincent more sexually, more romantically. Gauguin made it clear to van Gogh that it was not going to happen. He was not interested. I think that was terrible for Vincent.
The guy cut his own ear off. The ear, you know, too -- an orifice. It seemed symbolic to me. We can't prove why van Gogh did it, but what do you think? I think that van Gogh was pretty heartbroken and angry. You get these passages in Gauguin's story about what happened, Gauguin would wake up and Vincent would be standing over his bed looking down at him.
I think Vincent pressed it and somehow got Gauguin to lash out at him. I would not be surprised if Gauguin didn't physically strike van Gogh during this time in that sort of abusive way that he had when he got pissed off. Van Gogh was a bit of a masochist. And Gauguin was a bit of a And Gauguin lashed out at van Gogh and van Gogh was devastated and cut off his ear in some bizarre reaction to all that.
And then left it at Gauguin's hotel I think he took it to the brothel that Gauguin used to inhabit. Maybe he was thinking that Gauguin was there. I'm too much of a just-the-facts-ma'am to speculate. I think even though van Gogh was furious about Gauguin leaving him and treating him so badly, he was like an abused wife. He would have taken Gauguin back at any moment. I like the way that van Gogh revisited their time together by copying works that Gauguin had done when they were together.
Was van Gogh copying a Gauguin painting before he blew his brains out? I don't mean hours before. On July 23, he wrote to his brother talking about a Gauguin landscape that he had seen and he loved. And then on July 27 he shot himself. So it's not like the reason he did it, but that summer he'd been in Paris and it brought back a lot of his feelings and agitation about Gauguin, and the desire to see him again.
It is a very tragic story, the relationship between them. Paris was modern for the time, wasn't it? Was there an open gay culture? I would say it was an open gay culture. And there were some people who wrote about it and their relationships. Although it's hard to reconstruct all of that, there was one. I feel that Gauguin was appealing to that group in writing so openly himself about his attraction to men in the "Noa Noa" stories. What I'm wondering is, if you're a man who loves other men but have no examples to follow, then you'd have to make it all up yourself as you went along.
If van Gogh had had more access to a gay culture, maybe he wouldn't have flipped out so much. I think van Gogh did have access to gay culture. I like to think that that's reflected in the fact that once he moves to Paris, he calls himself impotent. He is no longer interested in women. Of course he doesn't go on to say, "Now that I have discovered gay culture Would that have helped him if he had been able to say, "Yes. This is what I'd rely like to be able to do. I want to be just in a male society"?
Would that have been able to make him deal with the Gauguin situation better? Now we're really speculating. I do know from his paintings and letters there were several men that van Gogh expressed love for. Whether that means that he had romantic relationships with men, I don't know. How long did you work on this book? You hear about biographers that hate the subjects of their books by the time they finished He was such a worm.
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And yet, instead of the idyllic Tahitian tableau I present, Ms. Burns felt strongly that the canvas depicts tropical Sapphic delight. All those art appreciation classes I took many moons ago are now a blur of sketchy information. Perhaps Gauguin did represent homosexual lifestyles in his artwork and I plumb forgot. I decided to do some research and what I came up with was Gauguin was pretty much a sexual pig.
His appetites were renowned. He cheated on his wife. He slept with his subjects, some of them still in their adolescence. I would say his "evil" has less to do with anything homosexual and more to do with his predilection for pedophilia. I did come across some scholars who believe Gauguin may have dabbled in same sex sex, citing a story he retold about a nearly naked Polynesian man with an ax, and a letter he wrote, in which he announced, "I am woman now.
And it's even been suggested the reason van Gogh cut off his ear was because of a lead-poisoning induced lover's spat between the two. And yet, I can't help but wonder if instead of Susan Burns balling up her fists against any overt sexuality Gauguin brought to the canvas, she might have been railing against her own suppressed desires. This got me thinking If my moral compass was as skewed as Susan Burns', then which master work would I go after.
I did a little digging through the National Gallery's archives and this is what I uncovered If I were a homophobic nutjob, I might have sauntered right on by the Gauguin and instead have pounded my fists at this engraving by Sebald Beham Entitled Death and Three Nude Women, this piece seems less about Death insinuating himself onto the trio and more about the finessed fingering that is taking place. Perhaps not explicit, but from this Simon Vouet painting The Muses Urania and Calliope, I get the sense that these two heavenly bodies have experienced bacchanalian muse on muse action many times over.
There's something in the cool of Urania's eyes, the ownership of her hand. This creature of divinity is all mine. If I could mount my high horse for just a second: Homosexuality is not one of the Commandments. It is not illegal. It does not hurt others. The only thing I can think is that it might make others feel uncomfortable.
But last I looked discomfort was not immoral. If it were then dental work and Sarah Palin's voice would be immoral as well. It's lechery, it's larceny, it's harlotry, but Ms. Burns didn't seem to have a problem with children viewing this cesspool of humanity.
I love sixteenth century, French bath paintings. This one, by Francois Clouet, depicts the king's courtesan naked in a tub, oblivious that there are onlookers. But her careless ennui is nothing compared the the wet nurse's priceless expression. While a baby pulls at her teat, she salivates with pure lasciviousness, eyes glued to the concubine's pert nips.
It's irrational, I know, but for me there's nothing more graphic than a Georgia O'Keeffe flower. My instinct is to cover my kids' eyes and quickly walk in the other direction. This vivid jack-in-the-pulpit is garish with carnality. Just, look at it.