Gauguin and Impressionism


Paul Gauguin grappled with Impressionism from when he painted his first picture as a young stock-broker until he travelled to Brittany as an avant-garde artist. His artistic debut coincided with the Impressionism at its peak. The exhibition allows you to explore the young Gauguin’s relationship with the movement. You will be able to see many of the works he himself chose to exhibit at five of the eight original Impressionist exhibitions. From painting pictures in an academic tradition in the 1870s, Gauguin followed their mode of expression up to his first Impressionist exhibition in 1879. He painted in pure colours and with short, separated brushstrokes. Just as the Impressionists, he found his motifs in the immediate vicinity. His pictures show his family, Parisian suburbs and compositions of flowers and fruit.


The exhibition shows the uniqueness of Gauguin’s contribution to Impressionism which lies in his uncompromising approach and his enormous range as an artist. He renewed genres spanning from landscapes to figures and portraits. He was one of the few who also worked with sculpture and here his materials were the most innovative of the time – wax, clay and wood.


30 August 2005 - 20 November 2005

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