Several major feature films have been made featuring Gauguin including the classic multiple Oscar winning ‘Lust for life’ starring Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas.

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  • Composed by Nick Pickard, Lyrics by Carl Richardson
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The legendary post- Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin was one of the art world's most famous, colourful and provoking characters. His sumptuous, colourful images of women in Tahiti and beautiful landscape images of Brittany in France are some of the most popular images in Modern art. A painting of two Tahitian girls by Paul Gauguin was reportedly bought for $300m (£200m), making it the most expensive painting ever sold, at auction or in a private sale.

He referred to himself as a savage, and claimed to have Inca blood. Fond of alcohol and carousing, Gauguin was the most outrageous artist of his time. He was friends with fellow artist Vincent van Gogh. In 1888, Gauguin and van Gogh spent several weeks together at van Gogh's home in Arles, but their time together ended after van Gogh pulled a razor on Gauguin during an argument.

Gauguin never had any formal art training. He was brought up in Peru. He initially escaped to sea choosing the life of a rough edged merchant marine sailing the seven seas before becoming a stockbroker in Paris. He married a Danish woman named Mette Gad. The couple eventually had five children together. He abandoned both them and the confines of strict Parisian society to follow his dream. He travelled to Tahiti choosing to settle among the simple yet life embracing native peoples, and away from the Europeans living in the capital. Scandalously, he became involved with a young Tahitian girl, who served as a model for several of his paintings.

Gauguin the musical, composed by Nick Pickard and Lyrics by Carl Richardson, celebrates the life of this extraordinary character… the role of the myths around the man – Gauguin as storyteller, adventurer and artist painting himself as a Christ-like figure or even a demon in his own paintings, religious and mythical symbols in his work, and the manipulation of his own extraordinary artistic identity.