Samuel Courtauld was a prolific collector of Post-Impressionist paintings, and in particular the artist Paul Gauguin. This exhibition reveals the contribution Courtauld made to developing Gauguin’s reputation in the UK.
Radical and complex, the life of the French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin is as fascinating as his art. A banker turned artist who fled the constraints of a bourgeois existence for a Polynesian paradise, he became one of the leading painters of the Post-Impressionist movement.
The collector and founder of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Samuel Courtauld, found out about the work of Gauguin in Roger Fry’s ground breaking show ‘Manet and the Post-Impressionists’ in 1910. By the 1920s Courtauld was amassing a sizeable collection of important works by Gauguin, including several made in Tahiti.
This exhibition brings together Courtauld’s paintings by Gauguin again for the first time, celebrating the singular vision of the artist and the passion for his work by the collector.