The Grave of Paul Gauguin – Atuona, French Polynesia - Atlas Obscura

The Grave of Paul Gauguin

Calvary Cemetery
Atuona, French Polynesia

The artist, a pedophile who called the Polynesian people he painted "savages," is buried on the island of Hiva Oa.  


This unique grave in the Calvary Cemetery of Atuona is the final resting place of the painter Paul Gauguin.

Born in 1848, Paul Gauguin was a Post-Impressionist French artist. In 1891, he left his wife and four children to travel to Tahiti. While there, he developed sexual relationships with many teenage girls. He married two girls and had children with several.  The last of of these girls, 14, bore his child.Today, Gauguin would be considered a pedophile. He spent the last 12 years of his life in the South Pacific, mostly on the small island of Hiva Oa in French Polynesia. In some of his work depicting Polynesian people, Gauguin used the word “savage,” an offensive slur.

Gauguin died on the morning of May 8, 1903, of advanced syphilis, at the “Masion du Jouir,” his two-story thatched home in Hiva Oa. He was buried the next day in the local Catholic Cemetery. In Hiva Oa, you will also find the Paul Gauguin Cultural Center, which features a reconstruction of the Maison de Jouir.