New city and new library. As I strolled through the stacks I came across The Moon and Sixpence. I'm sure that it was Garrison Keillor who mentioned the book by W. Somerset Maugham. It is supposedly based on the life of artist Paul Gauguin; well if it is, it is very loose. I believe that Maugham had quite an imagination. It is an interesting read about a man who must paint; it is his passion. And passion can drive a person to do wild and crazy things. Maugham's artist, Charles Strickland, leaves a career, a family, and lives in terrible poverty just to pursue art, and then dies before he can receive fame and fortune for his genius
The real artist Paul Gauguin spent part of his childhood in Peru which probably shaped his eye for the exotic. He is noted for his use of pure color and some of his greatest paintings are of the Tahitian people in their natural setting. My childhood recollection of Gauguin is seeing one of his paintings in the Minneapolis Institute of Art.