Gauguin: Portraits

24 May–8 September 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait with Idol, ca. 1893, oil on canvas, 43.8 x 32.7 cm. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay (1950.46)

See the world’s first-ever exhibition devoted to Paul Gauguin’s portraiture.

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.

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