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Past exhibition
The Credit Suisse Exhibition:

Gauguin Portraits

7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Admission charge

Location: Sainsbury Wing

The first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin.

Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait. 

By adding carefully selected attributes or placing the sitter into a suggestive context Gauguin was able to make portraits that expressed meaning beyond their personalities. A group of self portraits, for example, reveals how Gauguin created a range of personifications including his self-image as 'Christ in the Garden of Olives', 1889 (Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach).

Featuring about fifty works, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media, from public and private collections worldwide.

It also brings together multiple works of the same sitter from different collections scattered across the world, giving us the opportunity to see how Gauguin interpreted a model in different media over time. 

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. 

To coincide with the exhibition, a special event opened in UK cinemas on 15 October.
For audiences nationwide, Gauguin from the National Gallery features a new biopic filmed in Tahiti, the Marquesas, France, and the UK and an exclusive filmed exhibition tour.

Image above: Paul Gauguin, 'The Ancestors of Tehamana or Tehamana Has Many Parents (Merahi metua no Tehamana),' (detail), 1893; The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deering McCormick 1980.613 ©The Art Institute of Chicago

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Gauguin's journey

Gauguin's journey

Six events in Gauguin’s life that influenced both the way he thought and the way he painted
What you need to know about Gauguin’s portraits

What you need to know about Gauguin’s portraits

We answer some questions about Gauguin's portraits and self portraits
A new chapter - Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands

A new chapter - Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands

Elizabeth C. Childs explores Gauguin's time in the South Seas and the impact the region had on his portraits
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‘The show of the year,’ The Sunday Times

'Magnificent... a treat for the eyes,' The Spectator

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Unlimited exhibition entry for two named individuals living at the same address.

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