Not only did Gauguin refuse, but he threatened to sue the priest.
French colonial rule was enforced by a gendarmerie noted for its malevolence and stupidity, while traders, both western and Chinese, exploited the natives appallingly.
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He built a spacious reed and thatch house at Puna'auia in an affluent area ten miles east of Papeete, settled by wealthy families, in which he installed a large studio, sparing no expense.
Description: Picasso's interest in stoneware was further stimulated by the examples he saw at the Gauguin retrospective at the Salon d'Automne. Mathews characterises this as a tragedy for Gauguin's career.