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Samuel Courtauld and Paul Gauguin

  • July 28, 2014
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Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) was a pioneering art collector, one of the first to show interest in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and acquiring the majority of his collection in a short period from 1923 to 1930. He assembled one of the first major groups of works by artist Paul Gauguin. Courtauld bought his first Gauguin paintings in 1923. He purchased Bathers at Tahiti, 1897 and Haymaking, or The Haystacks, 1889, for £1,500. A few years later he sold Bathers in Tahiti. Courtauld purchased Martinique Landscape, 1887, the earliest of the paintings in his collection, in 1928 and sold it within about three years. Courtauld also owned two of Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings, …..

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Gauguin Exhibition: Metamorphoses

There are only a few days left to visit The Museum of Modern Art’s revolutionary exhibition on Paul Gauguin, Gauguin: Metamorphoses. The exhibit showcases 170 of Gauguin’s works including only 11 paintings and focusing on his lesser-known woodcut prints and transfer drawings as well as his ceramics and woodcarvings. Gauguin: Metamorphoses sheds light on a different side of the artist and his techniques.  Included in the exhibition are some of his more elegant drawings, including a piece borrowed from France, Studies of Arms, Legs, and a Head, a study piece of Gauguin’s.  Examples of his African totems can be viewed as well. When you think of Gauguin one often recalls …..

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Gauguin’s Early Painting

  • March 25, 2014
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The Seine at Pont de Grenelle (La Seine au Pont de Grenelle) is one of the earliest known paintings by Paul Gauguin.  He signed and dated the painting, 1875, on the bottom right hand side of the painting.  The image depicts industrial buildings along the bank of the Seine.  The Seine at Pont de Grenelle is one of the few paintings Gauguin completed on a wood panel rather than on canvas. When Gauguin painted The Seine at Pont de Grenelle he was still earning a living as a stockbroker and had been married to Mette for just a couple of years.  It wasn’t for another 7 years that he finally …..

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