Paul Gauguin was among the famous artist of the post-impressionism era. He got inspired by Georges Seurat and Paul Cezanne who rejected the quality of impressionists' brushstrokes, a thought to which Paul subscribed. It is at this point that the artist started developing his new style. In L'Allee des Alyscamps, Paul Gauguin's synthetic style couldn't be seen clearly since it was in the developing stages. The drawing was a depiction of ancient roman consecrated burial grounds for Christians in Arles. The place was highly characterized by poplars and catacombs. Paul Gauguin, however, decided to eliminate almost all historical structures choosing to paint only a dome tower, part of the building of St. Honorat church, fields, woods, and a canal along which two women in arlesienne costume and a man were walking.
Paul Gauguin applied a small hint of synthetism by using juxtaposition in this pair of art pieces thus creating a contrasting effect. He also borrowed Paul Cezanne's brushstroke style which gave an aesthetical and subjective exposition of the scenery. These pieces are currently held in different locations with one of the paintings being showcased in Musée d'Orsay, Paris while the second art piece is showcased in Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo. Paul Gauguin's genius work impressed more future artists the same way his work was influenced by some of his colleagues. His colorful and design-based paintings majorly influenced modern art. Some of the 20th-century artists and movements that significantly profited from his work were Pablo Picasso, Cubism Matisse, Arthur Frank, Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, George Braque, and many more.
Frank Mathews for instance borrowed the colorful palette technique. He then went on and founded the California Arts and crafts or the CDF (California Decorative Movement).To add to the list, William Somerset Maugham was also inspired by Paul Gaugin to come up with writing titled The Moon and Six Pence. The writing also happened to be the main topic in two operas namely: Federico Elizalde's Paul Gauguin (1943 and Gauguin (a synthetic life) by Michael Smetanin and Alison Croggon. Even after his death, movements such as Fauvism, Orphism, and Cubism had been influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin.