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Paul Gauguin was born in Paris on 7th June 1848, and died at Atuona in the Marquesas Islands on 8th May 1903. This famous painter was at first an Impressionist, but although coming from this movement he reacted against it by moving on in his work to use large uniform areas of colour and a more abstract drawing style. He was striving for a simplification of shape, eliminating details in order to retain only the essential form, a simplification achieved through the use of bold outlines and flat colour. His paintings abound in warm colours and soft shapes, placing the same importance on the natural element as on the figurative. He also wanted, as a symbolist, to confer a spiritual meaning onto his paintings. As his creativity began to burgeon, he spent some time in Brittany in 1886 with the young Emile Bernard, a cultured young man, only 18 years old, whereas Paul Gauguin was 38. It was at this time that, along with a few others, he founded what would later be known as the Pont-Aven School, and synthetism was born.

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The ‘Festival Interceltique’ in Lorient attracted crowds of 750,000 people in 2014, eclipsing the numbers drawn by Brittany’s other major festivals, the Vieilles Charrues and the Festival des Cornouailles, at 225,000 and 200,000 respectively. The duration of the festival – 11 days – certainly contributes to the significant number of festival-goers, with the port city of Lorient literally pulsating with Celtic music for the first half of August each year.... ‘Memory and dreams of the Celtic world’ was the catchphrase for the festival in 2014, and special honour and focus was given to Ireland, a country considered by all to be deeply linked to the Celtic spirit. The Celtic imagination lives in the legends, imagery and landscape of Ireland, but also resonates in its music as the festival’s musicians brilliantly demonstrated, sometimes accompanied by dancers.

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