Paul Gauguin, ‘Three Studies of Men's Heads, One with Spectacles; Dogs, Children, and Two Bearded Men in Profile [verso]’, 1884-1888, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
overall: 16.9 x 22.6 cm (6 5/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

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

Paul Gauguin, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen

Group Shows on Artsy

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

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