Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). In the Waves (Dans les vagues), 1889. Oil on fabric; 92.5 x 72.4 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Powell Jones 1978.63. © The Cleveland Museum of Art
Hurry and get to the Gauguin Exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art before it closes January 18, 2010. The exhibit showcases much of Gauguin’s work, but is so much more than just Gauguin.
It begins at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889. The Eiffel tower was the center point of that exhibition and you see the stages of its construction and learn about Gauguin’s impression of it. During the World’s Fair, Gauguin staged an exhibit of his and his disciples’ works on the grounds. This display including about 100 paintings was recognized as the first Symbolist exhibition in Paris. Not all of the paintings still exist, but several of them are present in this exhibit.
Gauguin’s relationship with both Theo and Vincent van Gogh is examined and the first set of prints that he made for Theo are on display.
The works that make up the Volpini Suite, are on display. Theses pieces chronicle the artist’s early career and travels to Martinique, Brittany, and Arles. You will also see the familiar motifs - such as the mourning Eve, the woman in the waves, and fruit bearers—that would distinguish Gauguin’s work for the rest of his career.
The exhibit ends with a make your own art area where both young and old individuals gathered to create their own works for art based on Gauguin’s work which you could take with you.
As most Clevelanders know the Cleveland Museum of Art is Cleveland’s greatest bargains, in that admission is free to this world famous museum. Tickets to this special exhibit are available on a timed basis. The tickets cost $12, $10 students and seniors; $6 children 6 to 17; children 5 and under free; Admission is free for CMA members; $10 per person adult groups of 10 or more $8 senior groups of 10 or more.
Included with the ticket price is an audio tour.