Delius and Gauguin: The Park Lane Group
English composer Frederick Delius and poet Stéphane Mallarmé were important figures in Gauguin's life.
Delius was the first owner of Gauguin’s famous painting, 'Nevermore', now in the Courtauld collection, which he bought from the dealer Daniel de Monfreid. In a letter dated 12 January 1899 from Tahiti, Gauguin wrote to de Monfreid, “I’m delighted Delius is the owner, meaning that it’s a purchase not for speculation and resale, but for pleasure.”
Mallarmé and his ideas greatly influenced the way Gauguin combined elements of reality with those of the imagination. Gauguin acknowledged that without the stimulus of Mallarmé’s inspiration, his own art would never have developed. He painted a portrait of the poet in 1891.
In celebration, the Park Lane Group perform an evening of Delius and Mallarmé's music and poetry at this evening concert in the Gallery:
- Ella Rundle and Gamal Khamis: Delius, 'Sonata for Cello and Piano'
- Dominic Degavino and Mimi Doulton: Poems by Mallarmé set to music by Debussy and Ravel
- Michael Foyle and Maksim Štšura: Delius, 'Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano'
The Park Lane Group
Founded in 1956, The Park Lane Group provide a prominent platform for outstanding young musicians who celebrate the lives and work of great composers. Over 1,600 highly talented artists have been presented in imaginative venues, including the Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and across 53 seasons at Wigmore Hall.