The French painter Paul Gauguin escaped to this remote island – and is buried
here – after both the Tahitians and the French government became fed up with
his dissolute ways
The Most Remote
Islands in the World
he Marquesas are a cluster of seven islands, sort of like Ha-
waii. They’re a long way away – in the Pacific Ocean, about
halfway between Mexico and New Zealand – and
ficult to get to. I got interested in them because they’re so remote.
I’m a painter and went there when I was doing an article for
magazine about Paul Gauguin in Tahiti. As you may know, Gauguin was
not a nice guy. The Tahitians got tired of his being a drunken nuisance
and debauching 14-year-old girls. The French government there fined
him $50, which was a lot of money back then, so Gauguin got out of
out of town. He took off for the Marquesas, more than
1,000 miles away, and ended up on the little island of Hiva Oa, where
he died in 1903.
ur travel companion is a
painter whose works hang in
collections worldwide, including
the National Portrait Gallery:
is also a jazz pianist and
the author of 34 books, including
. He and his
, founded the
Santa Barbara Writers Conference.
with barnaby conrad
by Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr.
(photos: courtesy of South Pacific Management)