Musée d'Orsay: Gauguin. The Alchemist

Gauguin. The Alchemist

Paul GauguinMerahi metua no Tehamana© Art Institute of Chicago
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was one of the great French painters of the 19th century and one of the most important precursors of modern art.
The exhibition at the Grand Palais retraces his exceptional career that led him to explore art in its diverse forms: painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, etc.

The masterpieces on display highlight the artist’s work with materials as well as his creative process: Gauguin forged his art on the repetition of themes and recurring motifs, constantly pushing the boundaries of each medium in an obsessive search for the primitive.


Claire Bernardi and Ophélie Ferlier-Bouat, curators at the Musée d'Orsay, Gloria Groom, Senior curator, chair of the European sculpture and painting department, Art Institute, Chicago.

Exhibition organised by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Public Establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie and the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris.

Exhibition presented by the Art Institute of Chicago from 25 June to 10 September 2017

The exhibition is supported by Mazars, Nexity, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, and the Palais des Thés.

11 October 2017 - 22 January 2018

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

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