Gauguin: Portraits - Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada
Paul Gauguin, Self-portrait with Yellow Christ, 1890–91, oil on canvas, 38 × 46 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Acquired by the Musée nationaux with the participation of Philippe Meyer and a Japanese patron, coordinated by the newspaper Nikkei, 1994 (RF1994-2).
Paul Gauguin, Woman of the Mango (Vahine no te vi), 1892, oil on canvas, 73 × 45.1 cm. Baltimore Museum of Art. The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland (BMA 1950.213). Photo: Mitro Hood
Paul Gauguin, Portrait of Meijer de Haan, c. 1889–90, waxed distemper paint and metallic oil paint on oak, 58.4 × 29.8 × 22.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada. Purchased 1968 (15310) Photo © National Gallery of Canada
See the world’s first-ever exhibition devoted to Paul Gauguin’s portraiture from May 24, 2019 to Sep 8, 2019.
The National Gallery of Canada is the sole North American venue for a dazzling presentation by one of the 19th century’s most influential and complex artists – Paul Gauguin.
Inspired by Gauguin’s impressive sculpture of his friend Meijer de Haan, from the Gallery collection, this landmark investigation focuses on the mature years of the French artist’s career, when he moved away from Impressionism and toward more symbolist representations in his art. Through imaginative self-portraits – in which the artist assumes various roles – as well as his unconventional depictions of friends, family, and women in France and Polynesia, the exhibition showcases Gauguin’s extraordinary creativity in the field of portraiture.
Featuring paintings, works on paper and sculptures, Gauguin: Portraits brings together a unique and unforgettable selection of works from public and private collections around the world.