In the compelling Chtchoukine exhibition at Fondation Vuitton, only one name was on everyone’s lips, the name of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). It was indeed a shock to discover several of his most legendary paintings displayed side by side and to see how formidably seducing the colors he chose were, how harmonious his drawing was; Matisse and Picasso paled in comparison with such a genius (!).
The Grand Palais delights Paul Gauguin enthusiasts by offering a giant retrospective exploring all the talent palette of the artist making an alchemist of him who already pushed the limits of how using mediums.
Displayed in chronological order, the exhibition benefits from many prestigious loans and describes the artist’s career from his artistic development in Brittany, with a nod to his masters – Degas and Picasso – he liked painting the dancers and the landscapes in Brittany, then, the exhibition delicately takes us on a trip with Gauguin by telling his journeys to Tahiti, Martinique, the Marquesas Islands where he discovers the sumptuousness of a sensual and philosophical nature.
Grand Palais wide rooms easily lend itself to this works maze, to this life full of lessons and pleasures, and reveals Gauguin’s artistical and personal universe looking for total art… Covering about 3 floors, 250 works by Paul Gauguin for a very lovely retrospective, rather complete mostly thanks to the audioguide.
It’s simple, Gaugin finds a reason for being in the islands and, in 1901, he escapes the “inhabited” world to exile in a remote archipelago of the Marquesas, where he builds a “Maison du Jouir” [house of sensual delight], a building inspired by Maori houses with a nice symmetry and feminine schemes on the front, welcoming us with maxims: “Soyez amoureuses, vous serez heureuses” [Find love and you will find happiness] and “Soyez mystérieuses” [Be mysterious].
We leave the place amazed by the used materials, the sculpted and painted wood, the bright colors that spring out during the unique occasion to enter in the artist’s private universe and by the story of this Tahitian civilization he adopts, him who was Parisian by birth!
Gauguin the alchemist
From October 11, 2017 to January 22, 2018
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Tuesday, late-night openings on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rates: €14 (regular), €10 (reduced), family pass €38 – online reservation
From 11 October 2017 to 22 January 2018
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris 8
M° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
tarif réduit: 10 €
tarif plein: 14 €
Ouvert de 10h à 20h sauf le mardi, nocturne les mercredis, vendredis et samedis de 10h à 22h
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