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Paul Gauguin

A Bearded Man and a Man in Profile [verso], 1884-1888

Graphite and crayon on wove paper
6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in
16.8 × 11.4 cm
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington
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overall: 16.9 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
overall: 16.9 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
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Paul Gauguin
French, 1848–1903
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A pioneer of the Symbolist art movement in France, Paul Gauguin is renowned for his “savage” art depicting sumptuous Tahitian women, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative door panels around his hut on the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Although Gauguin began his artistic career with the Impressionists in Paris, during the 1880s he sought to escape from Western civilization—first moving to Brittany and Arles in France, where he met Van Gogh, and then to French Polynesia—in search of a paradise were he could create pure, “primitive” art. “There is no such thing as exaggeration in art,” wrote Gauguin in 1885. “And I even believe that there is salvation only in extremes.”

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About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington
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overall: 16.9 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
overall: 16.9 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Paul Gauguin
French, 1848–1903
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A pioneer of the Symbolist art movement in France, Paul Gauguin is renowned for his “savage” art depicting sumptuous Tahitian women, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative door panels around his hut on the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Although Gauguin began his artistic career with the Impressionists in Paris, during the 1880s he sought to escape from Western civilization—first moving to Brittany and Arles in France, where he met Van Gogh, and then to French Polynesia—in search of a paradise were he could create pure, “primitive” art. “There is no such thing as exaggeration in art,” wrote Gauguin in 1885. “And I even believe that there is salvation only in extremes.”

Paul Gauguin

A Bearded Man and a Man in Profile [verso], 1884-1888

Graphite and crayon on wove paper
6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in
16.8 × 11.4 cm
Permanent collection
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