The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery of London

Friday, May 31, 2019
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery of London

The first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin. 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.

Image: Image above: Paul Gauguin, 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière' (detail), 1888 or 1889; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1985.64.20); Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

 

The first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin.

Spanning the later years of his life and focusing solely on his portraits, this exhibition follows Gauguin’s move away from Impressionism towards Symbolism.

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).

 

Image above: Paul Gauguin, 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière' (detail), 1888 or 1889; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1985.64.20); Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

 

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. 

 

17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

The National Gallery of London, Sainsbury Wing

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