Gauguin: Maker of Myth attempts to trace Paul Gauguin's (1848 - 1903) unique approach to storytelling. Over 100 works from public and private collections from around the world are on view.
A Post-Impressionist and a pioneer of modernism, Gauguin’s powerful and bold images were seen as radical as he distanced himself from the influence of Impressionism.
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was born in Paris and spent his early childhood in Peru. Joining the merchant navy at seventeen he travelled for six years, visiting South America, Scandinavia and other parts of the globe. In 1871 he joined a Paris stock broking firm and in 1873 married a Danish woman, painting in his spare time. In 1883, with five children to support, he resigned from his job, determined to pursue an artistic career. From 1886, separated from his family, Gauguin became increasingly disenchanted with Paris and worked mainly in Brittany, with influential spells in Martinique and Arles. After leaving Europe for Tahiti in 1891, apart from two further years in France, the remainder of his life was spent in the South Seas.
Gauguin: Maker of Myth is organised in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington where the exhibition will travel from 21 February – 30 May 2011.
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