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The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

18 januari - 2020
door Vincent Moleveld
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The first-ever exhibition devoted to the Paul Gauguin Portraits. Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait. 

By adding carefully selected attributes or placing the sitter into a suggestive context Gauguin was able to make portraits that expressed meaning beyond their personalities. A group of self portraits, for example, reveals how Gauguin created a range of personifications including his self-image as 'Christ in the Garden of Olives', 1889 (Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach).

Paul Gauguin, 'Portrait of Madame Roulin', 1888. Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Mrs Mark C. Steinberg 5:1959, Image courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum
Paul Gauguin, 'Portrait of Madame Roulin', 1888. Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Mrs Mark C. Steinberg 5:1959, Image courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum

Featuring about fifty works, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media, from public and private collections worldwide.

It also brings together multiple works of the same sitter from different collections scattered across the world, giving us the opportunity to see how Gauguin interpreted a model in different media over time. 

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. 

The Credit Suisse Exhibition:

Gauguin Portraits

7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

The National Gallery

Header image: Paul Gauguin, 'Christ in the Garden of Olives', 1889. Norton Museum of Art, Gift of Elizabeth C. Norton 46.5 © Norton Museum of Art