Spanning the later years of his life, this is the first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin.

Focusing on the period from the mid-1880s to the end of his life in 1903, the exhibition will examine how Gauguin moved away from Impressionism towards Symbolism.

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, will show 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 will show how Gauguin interpreted a specific model in different media and over time.

Around 50 works will be featured, including paintings, works on paper and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media from public and private collections worldwide.

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London, WC2N 5DN

020 7747 2885


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Free to all

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