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Gauguin Metamorphoses

A big and unusual Gauguin exhibit recently opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  Although there are several of his oil paintings - mostly done in Tahiti - the focus of the exhibit is on his experimental works across mediums:  ceramics, wood sculpture, wood cut prints, watercolor and gouache monotypes, and oil transfer drawings.   

The MoMA website is quite good - and you can both learn about Gauguin and see many examples of these works.  The first link is to the MoMA website, the second is a description of the exhibit from ArtDaily.org.

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2014/gauguin/home 

http://artdaily.com/v2/PhotoGalleries.aspx?GalleryId=6

I loved learning about his experimental techniques - his monotypes and oil transfer drawings.  But when I wanted something to sketch, at the end of our visit, I selected one of his wood sculptures.  They were beautiful!

Here is a photo of the wood sculpture called "Nina"  - taken with my phone from the exhibit monograph (done in the Museum Shop because No Photography was permitted.

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And here is my copy of Gauguin's simple self-portrait and the image of "Nina" from the wood sculpture. 

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