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Paul Gauguin and Mette Sophie Gad

Mette Sophie Gad was born in Denmark on September 7, 1850.  Her father, Theodor Gad, was the judge of an outlying Danish island where Mette was born.  At 17 years old, Mette became a governess to the children of the Danish Minister of State and three years later was a traveling companion for Marie Heegaard, the daughter of a wealthy factory owner.  In October 1872, the travelers arrived in Paris where Mette encountered Paul Gauguin.  During this time Gauguin was in Paris working as a bookkeeper at a financial brokerage firm and making a decent standard of living.  While at the firm he began to paint part-time.  In January of …..

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