In November 1882 a stock market crash put an abrupt stop to Gauguin’s double life as broker and artist.  The crash cost him and his friend Schuffenecker their jobs.  And it left Gauguin free to indulge the wayward life of a dandy to his heart’s content.  He had always longed for the bohemian existence that suddenly became available to him; but the snag was that now he had a family to care for, five children to feed, and a house.  None of this fitted in with the image of a drop-out adrift in the big city…

At any rate Mette, unable to share her husband’s euphoric view of art, went to stay with her parents in Denmark.


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