Collection: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

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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.”

High auction record
$35.2m, Christie's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, de Young Museum, Yale University Art Gallery
Selected exhibitions
2018
Gauguin and Laval in MartiniqueVan Gogh Museum
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin PortraitsThe National Gallery, London
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journeyde Young Museum
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La Vision du sermon (Vision of the Sermon), 1888

Oil on canvas
28 2/5 × 35 4/5 in
72.2 × 91 cm
Location
Riehen
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Collection: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Medium
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Image provided by Fondation Beyeler

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.”

High auction record
$35.2m, Christie's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, de Young Museum, Yale University Art Gallery
Selected exhibitions (3)
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