The Laundresses

Printed by Edward Ancourt

19 1/2 x 25 5/16 in. sheet

Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee by exchange, Caroline Marmon Fesler Fund, Beeler Fund, Anonymous IV Art Fund, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Spurlock Fund, Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund, Nancy Foxwell Neuberger Acquisition Endowment Fund, Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Russell and Becky Curtis Art Purchase Endowment Fund, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, E. Hardey Adriance Fine Arts Acquisition Fund in memory of Marguerite Hardey Adriance, Mary V. Black Art Endowment Fund, Cecil F. Head Art Fund, Delavan Smith Fund, Emma Harter Sweetser Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Van Vorhees Art Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane Fund, Richard W. and Rosemary W. Lee Memorial Funds

About Paul Gauguin

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.”

French, 1848-1903, Paris, France, based in Paris, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia and Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Paul Gauguin, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
2016
East Building Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, The National Gallery, London, London