Caroline Boyle-Turner

Art History Professor

Born in Chicago, Caroline Boyle-Turner earned a B.A. in French literature from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University before receiving the Fulbright scholarship that took her to France. She stayed for eight years, giving lectures at the Pompidou Center in Paris and teaching at the American University there.

From there, she moved to The Hague for five years, from which she commuted to Amsterdam to work at the Van Gogh Museum. These experiences helped to inform the seven books and scores of articles she has written on Paul Gauguin and his circle of artists in Brittany, known as the “Pont-Aven School.” Upon her return to the U.S., Caroline settled in Boston for 11 years, where she taught art history at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Caroline, however, wanted to bring contemporary art and artists to the village in France where Gauguin lived and developed so many of his avant garde ideas and to bring art history alive for young art students. So she founded and directed an art school in Gauguin's village of Pont-Aven, which offers courses in studio art, art history, and French.

Although she retired in 2008, Caroline continues to reside in Pont-Aven with her husband, Hank, and the couple frequently travels to Polynesia so that she can research her next book, Gauguin and the Marquesas, which is based on her research in Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands. She also continues to teach, write, and lecture on her favorite topics: Paul Gauguin and the Pont-Aven School artists.

We are delighted to welcome Caroline aboard m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 4, 2014 sailing to Southeast Asia & Australia, as she shares her expertise in a series of lectures.

To book the August 4, 2014, sailing, click here.