1993 OM3. Discovered 1993 July 20 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), leading French painter of the post-impressionist period, who abandoned imitative art for expressiveness through color. A meeting with van Gogh {see planet (4457)} at Paris (1886) and a journey to Martinique (1887) were decisive experiences in his life. In Tahiti he discovered the brilliant coloring and sensuous delights of a tropical landscape, enjoying in a primitive community the "natural" life. (M 35493)

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