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Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

Art Institute of Chicago

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This exhibition – organised by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d’Orsay and Grand Palais in Paris – is the most in-depth examination to date of Gauguin’s radical experiments with the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator. Drawing on new research into the his working processes, the exhibition sheds light on Gauguin’s identity as an artist-artisan. It features around 240 works, including the largest-ever public presentation of his ceramics, the reunion and display of related works side-by-side, and a selection of ethnographic objects that reveal his sources of inspiration. Find out more about the Gauguin exhibition from the Art Institute of Chicago’s website.

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Self-Portrait with Hat (1893–94), Paul Gauguin. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Self-Portrait with Hat (1893–94), Paul Gauguin. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Mahana no atua (Day of the God) (1894), Paul Gauguin. The Art Institute of Chicago

Mahana no atua (Day of the God) (1894), Paul Gauguin. The Art Institute of Chicago

Te nave nave fenua (c. 1892), Paul Gauguin. © Musée de Grenoble

Te nave nave fenua (c. 1892), Paul Gauguin. © Musée de Grenoble

Soyez mystérieuses (Be Mysterious) (1890), Paul Gauguin. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Soyez mystérieuses (Be Mysterious) (1890), Paul Gauguin. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Clovis Sleeping (c. 1892), Paul Gauguin. Private collection

Clovis Sleeping (c. 1892), Paul Gauguin. Private collection

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