Gauguin In London

London is hosting the first big Paul Gauguin exhibition in the last 50 years.

One of the most comprehensive exhibitions ever organized up to now of Paul Gauguin, (1848-1903), one of the late 19th century’s most extraordinary artists, opened at London’s Tate Gallery on September 30. The exhibition, entitled ‘Gauguin: Maker of Myth’, features over 100 of the painter’s works, almost a third of them being exhibited in London for the first time. For this reason alone, the exhibition is as important for world art lovers as for the people of the British Isles.

One of the most outstanding sections of the Tate Modern exhibition is the room with the painter’s self-portraits. On view here are Gauguin’s ‘Christ in the Garden of Olives (1889 / Norton Museum of Art, Florida) and ‘Self-portrait with Manau tu papau’ (1893 / Musée d’Orsay, Paris).

A broad selection of works ranging from water colors, ceramics, carvings, and sketchbooks to memorabilia, letters and decorative objects have been included in the exhibition, which is hosting numerous works from different periods in the artist’s career.