Four years before setting out for Tahiti in 1891, Paul Gauguin spent four months on the island of Martinique in the French Caribbean with his friend and fellow artist Charles Laval, seeking ‘exotic’ inspiration beyond what Paris had to offer. This exhibition is the first devoted to this short but significant period in Gauguin’s development. It unites a significant number of the 20 or so paintings created by the two during their time in Martinique, including some of their collaborations, as well as bringing together many of the sheets from Gauguin’s three sketchbooks, which have since been dispersed among various private and public collections worldwide. Find out more about ‘Gauguin and Laval and Martinique’ from the Van Gogh Museum’s website.
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