Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin, an artist, printmaker and expert in woodwork, is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that was considered a startling departure from the Impressionist methods that came before.  An important artist from the Post-Impressionism Era, Gauguin’s work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists who name him as a great innovator, Pablo Picasso being one of such. Gauguin was a figure in the Symbolist movement and his bold use of color led to the eventuality of modern art, specifically the Synthetist style.

From the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career,  Gauguin gained some posthumous praise and is now considered one of the great artists who paved the way to new modern expressions of art.