Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Arearea, 1892, musée d'Orsay, Paris, France ©photo musée d'Orsay / rmn

Gauguin, The Alchemist

Perhaps best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career and prolific body of work challenge any art categorization.
Moving beyond the artist’s renowned work as a painter, the exhibition explores Gauguin’s fascinating creative process through the examination of his all-consuming interest in craft and decorative arts. Featuring a diverse selection of over 200 of the artist’s works including ceramics, woodcarving, printmaking, and furniture decoration, and their relationship to his canvases, the exhibition focuses on the remarkable complementarity of Gauguin’s creations and his brillant ability to constantly push the limits of each mediums.

This exhibition is organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, the Etablissement Public des musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Claire Bernardi, Curator of Painting, Musée d’Orsay
Ophélie Ferlier, Curator of Sculpture Gloria Groom, Senior curator, Chair of the European Sculpture and Painting Department, Art Institute, Chicago.

Exhibition also presented in:
Chigaco, Il, Art Institute, June 25 – September 10, 2017

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