Gauguin

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From The Daily Telegraph (UK, 18 April 2004), in the course of a review by Martin Gayford of Gauguin Tahiti by George Shackelford and Claire Frèches-Thory and In Search of Gauguin by Jean-Luc Coatalem:

In his last years – crippled by sores on his legs, hobbling around on a phallic walking stick, surrounded by sumptuously coloured paintings – Gauguin seems like a strange mixture of Prospero, the fake magician Aleister Crowley and Conrad’s Kurtz, who sank into depravity in remotest Africa.

Gauguin was, of course, beatified by Crowley as one of the Gnostic Saints.

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