Monday, 29 November 2010

Gauguin: the maker of myth

Gauguin: the maker of myth is the current blockbuster show at the Tate Modern. It is a big old exhibition, with more than 150 paintings, sculptures and carvings spread throughout 14 rooms. And, befitting an exhibition that has had rave reviews, it is still packed two months into its four month run.
  • Gauguin scandalised the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Tahiti by decorating his studio with panels declaring it to be the House of Sensual Delight (or, even more scandalously, the House of Orgasm) (Maison du Jouir). In order to reach this Eden, Gauguin instructs, via the panels, visitors "Soyez myst√©rieuses" (be mysterious) and "Soyez amoureuses et vous serez heureuses" (find love and you will find happiness). 
  • Gauguin was a successful stockbroker before leaving his family to pursue his artistic ambitions. 
  • Gauguin was staying with Van Gogh when the latter severed a part of his left ear. 

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