Who was Gauguin's initial intended audience in 1899?

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Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Paul Gauguin was a very influential French artist of the late 19th century. Gauguin made his mark on a number of different artistic styles and other artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, Julian Hatton and Joan Miro. He contributed to such styles as, post-impressionism, Primitivism, Cloisonnism, and Symbolism.

Specifically, Gauguin’s work in 1899, with such pieces as Maternity, Two Tahitian Women, and Luxuriant Tahiti, demonstrate the bold use of color and lack of shading that Gauguin became known for.  These works also speak to Gauguin's symbolism and tendency towards primitivism; his subjects are largely Tahitian women, in a tropical environment. Gauguin's audience was largely the European elite. His works revealed images of indigenous women that had not been seen by most Europeans at the time. His audience can also be considered other artists, because his bold styles also challenged artistic trends of the time.