This is the first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin.
Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait.
By adding carefully selected attributes or placing the sitter into a suggestive context, Gauguin was able to make portraits that expressed meaning beyond their personalities. A group of self-portraits, for example, shows how Gauguin created a range of personifications, including his self-image as Christ in the Garden of Olives (1889).
Bringing together a number of works of the same sitter from different collections, the exhibition shows how Gauguin interpreted a specific model in different media and over time.
Around 50 works are featured, including paintings, works on paper and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media from public and private collections worldwide.