Travelling with Paul Gauguin

follow this ultimate Bohemian gone wild.

Bad boy, and yet also an extremely gifted visionary artist in Paris, Arles, Bretagne, Tahiti, Marquesas isles !


Travel preparation

Let me assist you with the very best art history tour preparation about Gauguin who lived in Paris, Arles, Tahiti, Marquesas islands / Marquises

I am a well-traveled professional tour guide, located in Amsterdam, with experience in cruise presentatrions .

As I am preparing enrichment program lectures aboard large cruise ships, including Tahiti, I would be able to help you with your travels. Your small group will get a first-class preparation with the Gauguin theme in Paris, Arles, Bretagne, Tahiti, Marquesas / Marquises, with 3 BBC-quality Powerpoint presentations.

BBC quality tour preparation!

Gauguin is still highly contested in terms of his wild, libertine lifestyle and the way he dealt with his friends and colleagues. We will discuss the ups and downs of his career and the way he was a misfit in socity in Paris, Bretagne, Tahiti, Marquesas, and how he had a shaky foothold in the art market in Paris.

Power point Presentation 1 deals with the artistic and personal tension between Vincent van Gogh and Gauguin in Paris and Arles.

Power point Presentation 2 deals with Gauguin and his production of works of art in Tahiti and the Marquesas / Marquises islands

Power point Presentation 3 deals with the field of Gauguin and sexuality as it was played out in France and in the Tropics.

How can we look at the fact that he took a 13 year old native as his model and mistress, made her pregnant and left her without any support? Which cultural perspective should we adopt?

Gauguin, never mincing words, called this child his personal legacy to the local indigenous culture.

And how do we read this painting? In 1988 the big Washington DC exhibition cataloge of his work this painting was described as follows: “The Delightful Land is perhaps Gauguin’s most uncompromisingly shocking painting, with its full frontal nudity...”.

Is this a bible belt, prim, stuffy libarians' attitude? Whose cultural framework should we use?

Image above: The yellow House in Arles in which Gauguin and Van Gogh lived together far a while, rubbing shoulders, competing and finally hetting on each other's nerves. As the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is temporarily closed in the beginning of 2013 because of structural repairs, and there was a chance to show a series of the best Van Gogh drawings in the separate upstairs floor, the Works on paper department of TEFAF, the largest annual fine art fair in the whole world, taking place in Maastricht, Holland. These Vincent van Gogh works were obviously not for sale - as an exception to the rule. In the stairwell this beautiful 3D scene could be captured. The author in green, a client in yellow.

BBC quality tour preparation!

I am fluent in Dutch, English, and I have a good command of German / Deutsch and a limited command of French and Italian, (Français & Italiano). Disclaimer: I will give you a state of the art ART HISTORY and SOCIOLOGY viewpoint.

I can travel with you. However, I cannot help you with hotels, restaurants, transportation, sights and excursions.


Gauguin lived in Paris, Arles, Bretagne, Tahiti, Marquesas. This is an academic tour preparation by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach* Read a biography. Download my PDF file of my company flyer.


Powerpoint presentation of Amsterdam.
Powerpoint presentation of Athens.
Powerpoint presentation of Barcelona.
Powerpoint presentation of Berlin.
Powerpoint presentation of Copenhagen.
Powerpoint presentation of Cairo.
Powerpoint presentation of Florence.
Powerpoint presentation of Gauguin in France, Tahiti, Marquesas.
Powerpoint presentation of Istanbul.
Powerpoint presentation of Israel.
Powerpoint presentation of Naples.
Powerpoint presentation of Rome.
Powerpoint presentation of Split.
Powerpoint presentation of Stockholm.
Powerpoint presentation of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Powerpoint presentation of Tallinn.
Powerpoint presentation of Venice

Travel preparation advice specificaly focused on art, culture, museums.

In SPAIN I have visited these towns and can give you very good pointers: Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, Cordoba, Malaga, Granada.

In ITALY I have visited these towns and can give you very good pointers: Rome, Pisa, Florence, Tarquinia, Napels, Venice, Milan.

In FRANCE I am knowledgeable about high culture in Paris, Versailles, Lyon, Nice, Chartres, Loire castles, Grenoble, Limoges, Bordeaux.

In ENGLAND/UK/Ireland I can give you pointers in the art cities of London, Oxford, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dublin.

In SWITSERLAND I visited museums of Geneva, Basel.

In GERMANY this Germany page will give you a good overview.

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My home is Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I will travel to any address you require to give this powerpoint presentation to you, your business partners, family and friends.

You may pay me by credit card. For further information please contact Specify your (client's) personal needs, date, time AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS of both your mobile telephone and your hotel. Our company is stable and trustworthy - that is why we have long standing contracts with VISA, MasterCard and American Express.





As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet your clients in major capitals around the world such as Barcelona - but also in Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, Rotterdam. Right there, I will present a personalized guided tour of art museums and historic centers. Or we may combine art with nature in places such as the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo. Menu of tours. See client testimonials.

Experience beauty and local history together. Clients will enjoy themselves and learn while strolling and discussing the country's past, art and culture. In doing so, they may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also a city's background and current social issues.

If you or your client just wants to walk around town with a sociable companion for one day, we recommend

Starting at your hotel I will take you on the wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in Dutch, English or German (my French and Italian are more limited).


You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. We will ensure an unique and memorable experience.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours" *.

*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, p. 182.

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The Rijksmuseum has done me the honor of linking the main Rijksmuseum site to my website.

I conduct Rembrandt walks in Amsterdam for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, the London and New York City offices. Their clients include important journalists.

The travel site has devoted a main feature to my tours and walks.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured on television and radio documentaries, including BBC2, BBC 3 TV, NTV Japan, CNN, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Rotterdam artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and the 17th century, Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics. In 2008 he was the author of a Museum Guide.

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Contact information:

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach ,

Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs

1058 JS Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Tel.: 020 - 669 8119 (from abroad +31 20 - 669 8119)

Cell phone: 06 - 2868 9775 (from abroad 31 +6 - 2868 9775)



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Updated December 10, 2012. Update 17 juli 2016.