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I had first felt this attraction on the west coast of Mexico in 1909; and later among the Negroes in Bermuda where I had spent a long, hot summer painting. It is a beauty that Gauguin also felt. For he put it into his paintings only after he had visited the Caribbean, as again of course later in Tahiti and the Marquesas. And this was the principal quality that drew me to Gauguin. I had no sympathy for his neo-primitive use of line in drawing and the violent color relations of the Fauves and the German Expressionists.
There was one flaw, which need not have been too serious a frustration in his normal development and happiness, that finally drove him from the island. It was the flaw that was also the cause of his going there. He was on the edge of sex deviation, probably the result of some childhood experience. He hated his father. Months after I arrived he told me the story of how he had come to be in Tahiti. Tautira, May 4, 1920 Naipu has left on a three-day trip to Papeete, where he will meet the northbound steamer from Australia.
Lush vegetation, brilliant coloring, dark skins. The formalized, suggestive, yet deceptive beauty of primitive races. I had first felt this attraction on the west coast of Mexico in 1909; and later among the Negroes in Bermuda where I had spent a long, hot summer painting. It is a beauty that Gauguin also felt. For he put it into his paintings only after he had visited the Caribbean, as again of course later in Tahiti and the Marquesas. And this was the principal quality that drew me to Gauguin.