Five-Minute Museum

Paul Gauguin's Polynesian "paradise"

An innovative new exhibition seeks to put the French artist's exotic voyages into greater context

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    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "The Bathers," 1897.

    Oil on canvas.

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    Wero Taroi of Ngati Tarawhai for Gilbert Meir

    New Zealand, Oval bowl on small feet (kumete), ca. 1865.

    Wood, haliotis shell.

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    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "Faaturuma (Melancholic)," 1891.

    Oil on canvas.

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    Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "Apatarao Landscape from Tahiti."

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    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection, 1963

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "Père Paillard," 1902.

    Painted miro wood.

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    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Barbara Ginn Griesinger, 1975

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "The Large Tree," 1891.

    Oil on fabric.

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    Collection of the Musée de la Castre, Cannes

    Marquesas Islands, Tiki, 19th century.

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    Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "Arearea no Varua ino (Words of the Devil, or Reclining Tahitian Women)," 1894.

    Oil on canvas.

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    The Trustees of the British Museum

    Marquesas Islands, Head ornament (pa'e kaha), early-mid 19th century.

    Coconut palm fiber, turtle shell, clam shell.

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, 1980

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "Parahi te Marae (The Sacred Mountain)," 1892.

    Oil on canvas.

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), "Manao Tupapau (Watched by the Spirits of the Dead)," 1894.

    Lithograph, feather, pencil and wash.

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    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1985

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière, 1888 or 1889.

    Oil on canvas.

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