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The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections

Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale

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ISBN 10: 0300093713 / ISBN 13: 9780300093711
Published by Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press, New York, 2002
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Blue cloth with glossy, color illustrated dust jacket, maps on flyleaves, 246 pp. with 88 bw and 134 color plates. Issued in conjunction with a 2002 exhibition of selected artwork by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), representing the places where he traveled and painted. Colorful illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 103783

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Title: The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York ...

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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The text includes a consideration of Gauguin's exotic voyages and their reflections in his art; a history of the reception and appreciation of Gauguin's work on this shore of the Atlantic; and revelations arising from the recent examination of paintings in the Metropolitan Museum's collection. Each of Gauguin's works from these New York collections appears in colour with accompanying commentary.


His story is famous: brash Parisian banker-turned-artist leaves family to paint vivid scenes of indigenous people in Tahiti. Yet Paul Gauguin has been overlooked by the art world in recent decades. The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections, which accompanies a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition (through October 20, 2002), remedies this omission with lively overviews of his travels and innovative working methods, and more than 200 reproductions of his paintings, drawings, prints, and wood carvings. Gauguin's fascination with "primitive" cultures and blocky, simplified figures began during sojourns to Brittany in the late 1880s. A visit to Martinique whetted his appetite for tropical settings, and in 1891 he set sail for the South Pacific. Numerous excerpts from Gauguin's self-aggrandizing letters and other writings reveal the intense pleasures he found far from home: "I muse on violent harmonies amid the intoxicating fragrances of nature." --Cathy Curtis

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