Tate Modern's New Major Gauguin Exhibition

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the late nineteenth century. "ArtDaily" reports that this is the first major exhibition in London to be devoted to his art work in over half a century. Opening at Tate Modern on 30 September 2010, "Gauguin: Maker of Myth" will trace the artist’s unique approach to storytelling. Bringing together over 100 works from public and private collections from around the world, the exhibition will take a fresh and compelling look at this master of modern art. A Post-Impressionist and a pioneer of modernism, Gauguin’s powerful and bold images were seen as radical as he distanced himself from the influence of Impressionism. Gauguin’s life has for generations epitomised the idea of the artist as romantic bohemian, looming as large as his art in the public imagination. This art exhibition will challenge commonly held assumptions about the artist and his practice. It will reveal to a twenty-first century audience the complexity and richness of his narrative strategies and explore the myths and fables that were central to his creativity. "Gauguin: Maker of Myth" will feature many of his iconic art works including "Vision of the Sermon", inspired by Brittany, and "Teha’amana has Many Parents", 1893 - painted during his time of self-imposed exile in Tahiti. Gauguin sought to escape European civilisation in the South Seas. Inspired by Tahiti’s tropical flora, fauna and daily island life he also immersed himself in its fast-disappearing Maori culture to invest his art with deeper meaning, ritual and myth. While Tahiti revitalised Gauguin’s artistic oeuvre, the works were a continuation of his earlier practice in Brittany, Martinique and Arles, in which Gauguin first explored ideas around religion, fable, myth and tradition. After leaving Europe for Tahiti in 1891, apart from two further years in France, the remainder of Gauguin's life was spent in the South Seas. For full source and full article click the Headline). Irish Art