Friday, April 1, 2016
From Paris to Tahiti: Paul Gauguin’s Innovative Prints
Elizabeth C. Childs
Committed to rethinking both the thematic content and expressive potential of modern art, Paul Gauguin was particularly innovative in his bold zincographs, suggestive etchings, and highly experimental woodcuts. The prints by Gauguin in the Arthur Ross Collection feature important literary themes as well as pastoral scenes that highlight Symbolist preoccupations with creation, sexuality, and the power of the imagination. Elizabeth C. Childs, the Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the Washington University in Saint Louis, places these prints within the larger context of Gauguin’s artistic career in Paris and Tahiti, referencing other works by the artist and his contemporaries in the collection of the Gallery. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University Art Gallery. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Fund.