An exhibition on Paul Gauguin at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Running from Oct. 11, 2017 to Jan. 27, 2018 is the exhibition 'Gauguin, l'alchimiste' dedicated to Paul Gauguin and scheduled at the Grand Palais in Paris.

From Oct. 11, 2017, to Jan. 22, 2018, the Grand Palais in Paris will put on display the monographic exhibition "Gauguin, l’alchimiste," an exhibition devoted to the career of Paul Gauguin ( Paris, 1848 - Hiva Oa, 1903), one of the greatest artists of the 19th century, as well as one of the forerunners of modern art.

More than 200 works by the artist (about 55 paintings, 30 ceramics, 30 sculptures and wooden objects, 15 wood engravings, 60 prints and 35 drawings) have been collected for this exhibition.

The exhibition is divided into four sections that recount Gauguin’s various artistic phases in chronological order: the first section is called "La fabrique des images," which brings together the artist’s early works, a period when he was inspired by Degas and Pissarro; then there is the section "Le grand atelier," devoted to the period when Gauguin lived in Brittany; after which we have the section "Mythes et réinventions," dedicated to the period when the painter lived in Tahiti, a place that would influence him with its myths and legends, so much so that it would lead him to paint his most famous, namely “The Spirit of the Dead Wakes” (now housed at theAlbright - Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo); finally, we have the section "En son décor," focusing on the late Gauguin’s obsession with decorative research, as much in interiors as in the lush nature evoked by his works ("Rupe Rupe, "Musée Pouchkine).

Along the way, the exhibition also features a room devoted to the manuscript of Gauguin’s travelogue to Polynesia, Noa Noa, which is very rarely presented to the public .

Hours: open daily except Tuesdays (closing day) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays open until 10 p.m. From Oct. 21 to Nov. 4 open daily until 10 p.m. During the Christmas vacations (Dec. 23 to Jan. 6) open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing. Tickets: full 14 euros, reduced 10 euros, family ticket 38 euros (for two adults and two children between 16 and 25 years old). Intensive cultural programming is also planned around the exhibition. All info at

The exhibition is organized by theArtInstitute ofChicago, thePublic Institute of the Orsay and Orangerie Museums and the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais.

Image: Paul Gauguin, Laveuses à Ar les (“Laundresses at Arles”) (1888; oil on canvas, 74 x 92 cm; Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao)

An exhibition on Paul Gauguin at the Grand Palais in Paris.
An exhibition on Paul Gauguin at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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