Visitors to the National Gallery next year will have the opportunity to see Gauguin’s works in an entirely new light. The first ever exhibition focused solely on Gauguin’s portraits aims to highlight the later part of Gauguin’s career, from the mid-1880s to his death,hgihlighting his transition from Impressionism to Symbolism. Bringing together approximately 50 works from collections all over the world, this exhibition offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to see so many of his portraits side-by-side for the first time.
Christ in the Garden of Olives, 1889, Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach
Highlights of the exhibition include a group of self-portraits in which Gauguin paints himself as a range of recognisable figures, including Jesus Christ in Christ in the Garden of Olives 1889. Parallels are drawn between Christ’s sacrifice and Gauguin's own suffering in the name of art, with the contrast between the warm tones used for the self-portrait and the cold, bleak background hinting at the isolation of the subject. Lovers of French literature (or popular musicals) will be interested to hear that Gauguin also painted himself as Jean Valjean, Victor Hugo's legendary heroic outcast. Although it has not been confirmed that this work will be on display, it serves as poignant comparison.
This major exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to see another side of a world-famous artist.
|What||The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, The National Gallery|
|Where||National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
07 Oct 19 – 26 Jan 20, 10:00 - 18:00 | Fridays: open until 21:00
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