The Feast of Saint Paul Gauguin

A partial view of Miraculous Source by Paul Gauguin, depicting French Polynesian people
A photograph of Paul Gauguin in 1891

Paul Gauguin in 1891

Tomorrow, 8 May, is the Feast of Saint Paul Gauguin, a leading Post-Impressionist painter. Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was born 7 June 1848 and died 8 May 1903. According to Biography, he “…created his own unique painting style, much like he crafted his own distinctive path through life. Known for bold colors, simplified forms and strong lines, he didn’t have any art formal training. Gauguin instead followed his own vision, abandoning both his family and artistic conventions.”

Indeed, The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius says, “The life of Paul Gauguin provides us with an example of a man who flouted convention and abandoned material success in order to pursue his true will; and in so doing, transformed western culture. Crowley strongly identified with Gauguin, both as a painter and as an initiate; and he formally added Gauguin’s name to the list of Saints in 1921 e.v.”

Gauguin abandoned his family and moved to French Polynesia (Tahiti), where he would remain for the rest of his life. It was there that he created his most evocative work. In memory of his time in the South Pacific, here is a suggested menu for a delicious Tahitian Feast.

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