Paul Gauguin – The Breakthrough into Modernity

Like most avant-garde artists, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and his friends were barred from the official Salon at the Exposition Universelle in 1889. Instead they decided to exhibit their work in Monsieur Volpini´s Café des Arts on the world’s fair site. On the recommendation of his dealer Theo van Gogh, Gauguin produced a series of eleven zincographs on canary yellow paper, now known as the Volpini Suite, that he exhibited at the Café des Arts. Made at a crucial moment in Gauguin’s career, these prints demonstrated his leading part in the transition to a radical new style in which the depiction of reality made way for that of subjective experience. This book places Gauguin’s startling action in the context of its days. The exhibition is reconstructed, the series of zincographs is subjected to a thorough iconographic and technical analysis, and a selection of letters and reviews recreates the mood and discussions that took place at the time.
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