Friday, 22 October 2010

Gaugin at the Tate Modern

Gauguin.  Not my favourite artist.  I think it's the vague recollection of posters of semi-dressed women pinned up on the walls of my boy's boarding school making liking Gauguin seem somehow a bit adolescent.

I always thought that going to Tahiti had made him paint like that. All those colours.  However, the Tate exhibition shows something else, which is that he was a painter of unique and driven vision.   It turns out he always had painted a bit like that.  My favourite picture in the exhibition was one he did of his daughter asleep, at a point where his life was still eurocentric.
Girl sleeping, Paul Gauguin
To quote the Guide Michelin: "worth a visit, but not a detour".

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