Thanks to the efforts of founder Samuel Courtauld in the 1920s, London's Courtauld Gallery is home to the UK's biggest collection of works by Paul Gauguin. From next week, art enthusiasts will be able to see the entire set thanks to a new exhibition.
Collecting Gauguin opens at the gallery on June 20th and according to curators "offers a fascinating insight into the development of Gauguin's reputation in the UK". It incorporates paintings, drawings and even the sole two marble sculptures created by the artist – sure to be a particular attraction for major fans.
Gauguin was born in Paris in 1848 and travelled widely before becoming a painter, taking influence from the art and culture of locales like French Polynesia and the Caribbean. Ultimately, his work was instrumental in the development of Post-Impressionism – although like his friend Vincent Van Gogh, he was not widely appreciated in his lifetime.
Since then, Gauguin's bold and experimental style has inspired countless painters, among them 20th century masters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. He is now widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 19th century.
The Courtauld Gallery's summer exhibition will run until September 8th. In addition to the full collection of Gauguin pieces already held by the gallery, curators have secured loans of two further major works – Martinique Landscape and Bathers at Tahiti.
Exhibition entry is covered by the general admission fee for the Courtauld Gallery. Tickets cost £6 for adults, with a reduced fare of £5 available for concessions; furthermore, a special rate of £3 is available all day on Mondays.
The gallery opens between 10am and 6pm daily, and two late-opening events are scheduled for July 4th and August 1st.
Located in Somerset House, the Courtauld Gallery should prove easy to find for visitors staying in central London hotels. The nearest Underground stations are Temple, Charing Cross, Embankment and Covent Garden.