Friends' Events

20 November: private view of Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

17 December: reception and book launch at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation


National Gallery
Wednesday, 20th November : 9.00 a.m

Join us for a private view of 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, reveals how Gauguin created a range of personifications including his self-image as 'Christ in the Garden of Olives', 1889 (Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach).

Featuring about fifty works, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media, from public and private collections worldwide.

It also brings together multiple works of the same sitter from different collections scattered across the world, giving us the opportunity to see how Gauguin interpreted a model in different media over time.

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17 December 2019

Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, London

This year's reception hosted by the ambassador celebrates the publication of The Splendor of St Petersburg. Art & Life in Late Imperial Palaces of Russia, by Thierry Morel and Elizaveta Renne.

Elizaveta Renne is curator of British and Scandinavian painting at the Hermitage. Her catalogue of British pictures was published by Yale University Press with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2011. Thierry Morel is Director of the Hermitage Museum Foundation in the US.