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La lettre, lien vers l’Autre dans la correspondance de Paul Gauguin

Abstract : Paul Gauguin’s letters are a privileged space for expressing his resentment towards Europe, which is full of all its flaws. At the same time, they serve as a platform for spreading his fantastical indigenous identity, responding to the feeling of his difference and the desire to flee the old continent to regain creative vitality. This obviously goes hand in hand with an exaltation of outlying cultures and then, once in Polynesia, exotic landscapes, ancestral habits and local life-styles. On the spot, the artist also deplores the harmful effects of colonization, particularly the disappearance of traditional art. Therefore, in a context of stigmatization of the native people and their productions, the correspondence gives voice to a detonating voice in the dominant discourse convinced of the superiority of Europe and its right to destroy the singularity of the foreigner. His letters finally bear witness to the blossoming of an innovative aesthetic, favoured by distance, nourished by the virginity of Elsewhere, far from the narcissistic codes of acade- mism. Thus, across the oceans and in the face of euro-centrism, the correspondence intends to convey the voice of the Other, of the Savage.
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Isabelle Malmon. La lettre, lien vers l’Autre dans la correspondance de Paul Gauguin. Marina Geat. Expressions et dynamiques de l’interculturel dans des correspondances des XIXe et XXe siècles, RomaTrE-Press, pp.43-67, 2020, 979-12-80060-39-6. ⟨hal-03757207⟩



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