Paul Gauguin 1848-1903
Plagued by health issues and decades of depression, Gauguin was determined To end his life on his own Terms
A stockbroker in Paris, Paul Gauguin initially ventured into art as a hobby, his income from selling paintings mere pocket money compared to his city career. However, after the Paris stock market crashed in 1882, Gauguin decided to embrace painting fulltime while travelling the French colonies. But in Martinique, he caught dysentery and malaria and was so unwell that he was forced to return to France.
A drunken brawl in 1894 left Gauguin with a shattered ankle that never truly healed. A year later, Gauguin left for the French colonies, never to return to Europe again. In 1897, in debt and on the brink of the banks foreclosing, Gauguin heard the devastating news that his daughter, Aline, had died. Heartbroken, Gauguin completed what he believed to be his masterpiece, walked to a nearby hill and attempted suicide by consuming arsenic. His endeavour was unsuccessful and he awoke throwing it up. However, his health never recovered and he eventually died in prison in 1903.