Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated during his lifetime. Gauguin is now recognised for his experimental use of colour and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin’s art became popular after his death; partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career, as well as assisting in organising two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris. In 1891, Gauguin travelled to Tahiti in search of a more 'primitive' way of life. This experience was hugely influential on his artistic output. He died on the island of Hiva Oa on May 8, 1903.