Paul Gauguin Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. His bold experimentation with coloring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential exponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.
Gauguin, Emile Bernard, and van Gogh had much in common. They had all rejected Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. They all tried Pointillism or Divisionism but moved on. Gauguin, in time, did less and less open-air painting, whereas Vincent needed direct contact with nature (and his bridges).