In 1886, du Puigaudeau made his first visit to the quiet seaside village of Pont-Aven. There he booked a room at Gloanec’s, a popular hotel for artists on a budget. It so happened that Paul Gauguin was also making his first visit and staying at the same hotel. Du Puigaudeau, along with a small number of aspiring artists were in a wholly unique position of observing and working alongside one of the most important painters of the late nineteenth century. Puigaudeau developed close relationships with Gauguin, Degas, Rysselberghe, Ensor and Bernard. Degas affectionately referred to du Puigaudeau as the Hermit of Kervaudu. This time spent at Pont-Aven would have a profound effect on the painter stylistically. He would soon enter the mature phase of his career after this experience which no doubt pushed him in a place that is still unique to this day.