Gauguin: Portraits (Hardcover)

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By Cornelia Homburg (Editor), Christopher Riopelle (Editor), Elizabeth Childs (Contributions by), Dario Gamboni (Contributions by), Linda Goddard (Contributions by), Claire Guitton (Contributions by), Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond (Contributions by), Alastair Wright (Contributions by)
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The first in-depth investigation of Gauguin’s portraits, revealing how the artist expanded the possibilities of the genre in new and exciting ways

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) broke with accepted conventions and challenged audiences to expand their understanding of visual expression. Nowhere is this phenomenon more evident than in his portraits, a genre he remained engaged with throughout all phases of his career. Bringing together more than 60 of Gauguin’s portraits in a wide variety of media that includes painting, works on paper, and sculpture, this handsomely illustrated volume is the first focused investigation of the multifaceted ways the artist approached the subject.
Essays by a group of international experts consider how the artist’s conception of portraiture evolved as he moved between Brittany and Polynesia. They also examine how Gauguin infused his work with symbolic meaning by taking on different roles like the Christ figure and the savage in his self-portraits and by placing his models in suggestive settings with alluring attributes. This welcome addition to the scholarship on one of the 19th century’s most innovative and controversial artists reveals fascinating insights into the crucial role that portraiture played in Gauguin’s overall artistic practice.

About the Author

Cornelia Homburg is guest curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Christopher Riopelle is curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London.

Praise For…

“Visually luxurious.”—Holland Cotter, New York Times Book Review

“Visually luxurious . . . a persuasive reminder—those colors!—of what made Gauguin the modernist pioneer he was, and the contemporary star he is. . . . Very readable essays all touch on the ethical reservations that are now forever attached to his body of work . . . [while] the reproductions stand as proof that at least some of his art is still, more than a century on, stop-and-stare beautiful, and in ways that no other art is.”—Holland Cotter, New York Times Book Review

“An engaging picture of an artistic master”—Anjanette Delgado, New York Journal of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300242737
ISBN-10: 0300242735
Publisher: National Gallery of Canada
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English