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The Art of Paul Gauguin

May 1 – July 31, 1988
East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine, Northeast, Pod I and Upper Level, North Bridge (13,000 sq. ft.)

Paul Gauguin, The Bathers, 1897, oil on canvas, Gift of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951.5.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 280 catalogued works were an encyclopedic survey of Paul Gauguin's achievements not only in painting but also in carving, sculpture, ceramics, prints, and illustrated books. Among the works were loans from Leningrad and Moscow. A painting from Cairo did not arrive, and Dr. Armand Hammer added one work after the opening.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by Françoise Cachin, Richard Brettell, and Charles F. Stuckey. Different versions of the exhibition were shown in Chicago and at the Grand Palais in Paris. The installation was designed by Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser, the lighting by Gordon Anson. The exhibition was coordinated by Charles S. Moffett.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by AT&T and supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. First Lady Nancy Reagan came to see the exhibition.

Attendance: 596,058

Catalog: The Art of Paul Gauguin, by Richard Brettell, Françoise Cachin, Claire Freches-Thory, and Charles F. Stuckey. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1988.

Other Venues: Art Institute of Chicago, September 17–December 11, 1988
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, January 10–April 20, 1989

Gauguin, Paul
French, 1848 - 1903

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