Before Matisse and Picasso, Paul Guaguin was the first artist to speak of indigenous art in terms of what we nowadays call tribal art.

The island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas is the final destination of the great traveller, Paul Gauguin. After Paris, Peru, Denmark, Brittany, Panama, Matinique and Tahiti, it was on this wild and remote island on the other side of the world that the 
painter set down his easel in 1901. What was he seeking on this Southern Pacific island ? What constant but never truly satisfied desire drove him throughout his life to seek out a paradise that would always remain beyond the horizon? 

Paul Gauguin was one of a rare few who travelled so widely at the time, and one of very few painters to have fully integrated the different cultures he encountered into his work. One hundred years before everyone else, he elevated Maori culture and Marquesan traditions to the status of « Art Papou », and revealed much of its wealth in his work.

A film by Dominique Agniel and Laurence Thiriat 
Directed by Laurence Thiriat 
Original music composed and performed by Samuel Hirsch © Only Music 2016 
Image: Christophe Trarieux 
Sound: Julien Desprès
Documentary: Mathilde Bracci
Commentary by Anna Flori-Lamour
Editing: Lionel Delebarre

Producer: Compagnie des Phares et Balises (CPB Films)
With the participation of RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera and France Télévisions (France 5 / France Ô)
With the support of Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, de la PROCIREP - Société des Producteurs et de l’ANGOA 

International Sales: YLE Finland

© Cie des Phares & Balises – 2016