Paul Gauguin was a post impressionist painter who dropped everything he had and went and traveled around the world to paint in places like Tahiti, French Polynesia, Panama and Tahiti. Gauguin was friends with famous artists like Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh whom he learned much from. He was also friends with Camille Pissaro who showed introduced him to impressionism. He used the method of synthetism when painting. It emphasized two dimensional flat patterns and focus on pure color and strong lines more than light.