The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher in Laguna Hills, California:
Paul Gauguin was born in 1848 in Paris of a Breton father and a Peruvian Creole mother. His grandmother, Flora Tristan, was a revolutionary socialist and an early French feminist who sometimes claimed to be descended from "a Bourbon of Aragon" whose family also produced the Borgia popes and Lucrezia Borgia. Tristan married a French engraver who became so violent that he was eventually locked up for twenty years. Their daughter, Aline Chazel, was Gauguin's mother. His father, Clovis Gauguin, was a journalist who died when his son was an infant.
As a small child, Paul was tak
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