Gauguin Tahiti (SC)

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George T. M. Shackelford, Claire Frèches-Thory, et al.

The life of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) is one of the most mythic in the history of Western art. Gauguin Tahiti, the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in fifteen years, offers an in-depth study of the fabled Polynesian period that has defined our image of the painter. Alongside essays by leading critics on every aspect of Gauguin’s art, from the legendary canvases to his sculptures, ceramics, and innovative graphic works, are discussions of the Polynesian society, culture, and religion that helped shape them, and an in-depth biographical narrative of his life. At the center of it all is Gauguin’s 1897 masterpiece, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, the summation of his mature career, presented with unprecedented authority and reproduced in a magnificent double-gatefold spread. Over one hundred years later, Gauguin remains one of the most enigmatic figures of 19th-century art, the very pivot of modernism, and Gauguin Tahiti portrays this crucial period of his life in all its color and drama.

"A mind-stretching delight . . . makes us reconsider what we thought we knew about Gauguin.” — New Criterion

"This excellent catalogue sets the record straight.” — John Richardson, Vanity Fair

“For Western art, his influence remains incalculable . . . He remains a point of reference for artists attempting to bring back aspects of another place, and confronted with the failure of translation.” — Vogue.

"A wonderfully presented, highly recommended, in-depth biography of . . . a European master artist who 'went native' in the tropical paradise of Tahiti." -- Midwest Book Review

380 pages
9 1/2" x 11", softcover
260 color and 80 b/w illustrations