"I am a great artist and I know it," wrote Paul Gauguin to his Danish wife Mette. "It is because I am such that I have endured such sufferings... You tell me that I am wrong to remain far away from the artistic center. No, I am right. I have known for a long time what I am doing and why I do it. My artistic center is in my brain and not elsewhere and I am strong because I am never sidetracked by others"