Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. He died in Samoa in 1894. Paul Gauguin was born in Paris in 1848. He died in the Marquesas Islands in 1903. A Scottish writer and a French artist whose lives coincided but who never met. Both, when at the height of their creative powers, took the enormous risk of travelling half way round the world, exiling themselves from their homelands and setting themselves up in the South Seas.
Two world authorities, both from Scotland, Professor Belinda Thomson on Paul Gauguin, and Professor Joseph Farrell, author of Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa, discuss the connections between these two great artists: what drove them to the South Seas and what common themes they shared along with the impact of the islands on their lives and works.
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