Paul Gauguin in 1891

The Museum of Modern Art will host the exhibit, Gauguin: Metamorphoses. This is the first exhibit to showcase French artist Paul Gauguin’s (1848-1903) entire repertoire, rather than the modernist paintings the pioneering artist is more commonly known for. One hundred and sixty works (130 paper pieces and 30 related paintings and sculptures) will be on display in the MoMA International Council’s Special Exhibition Gallery. Emphasis is placed on his prints and transfer drawings from the end of his career. These pieces date from 1889 until his death in 1903 when he lived in the South Pacific, an experience he interprets in many of these works.

Gauguin: Metamorphoses features the lesser-known side of the artist who is best known for his colorful paintings that inspired and influenced Picasso and Matisse. These pieces are darker in content and color, and many have a mysterious, even evil feel to them.

Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit, c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing. Courtesy of the MoMA
Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit, c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing. Courtesy of the MoMA

The exhibit will run for three months, starting March 8 and closing June 8, 2014. 

For more information, visit moma.org

Charlotte Bryant

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