Gauguin - Tahiti, The Workshop of the Tropics

Paul Gauguin
 Arearea dit aussi Joyeusetés [Arearea, also called Jokes]
 Oil on canvas
 H.75; W.94 cm
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay, Mr and Mrs Lung bequest, 1961
Paul GauguinArearea© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Réunion des musées nationaux in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition commemorates the centenary of Paul Gauguin's death in Atuona in the Marquise Islands on May 8, 1903. Centred on the artist's two stays in the Pacific and on his masterpiece Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts), this event featuring some two hundred and twenty pieces offers a new perspective on Gauguin's Polynesian itinerary through the confrontation of his paintings, sculptures, graphic works and manuscripts with some thirty Oceanic objects and some forty photographs of the time. These complementary approaches allow a new perception of the work of an artist who in many respects was at the origin of many artistic trends of the 20th century.


Claire Frèches-Thory, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay, George T.M. Shackelford, Chair, Art of Europe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator in charge of photography, Musée d'Orsay, Anne Pingeot, general curator in charge of sculpture, Musée d'Orsay, Barbara Shapiro, Curator of Special Projects, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (for graphic arts) and Philippe Peltier, curator, Musée du quai Branly, with the collaboration of Isabelle Cahn, researcher, Musée d'Orsay.

Organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Musée d'Orsay and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition will be presented in Boston from 29 February to 20 June 2004

Sponsored in Paris by LVMH/Moët Hennessy.Louis Vuitton and by Christian Dior


48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 17, Autumn 2003
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
€ 11

3 October 2003 - 19 January 2004

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

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