On View: Gauguin at the Museum of Modern Art

Paul Gauguin painted scenes of French Polynesia with a vibrant sensuality. A Post-Impressionist who gave up a career as a stockbroker in Paris to paint full-time, Gauguin is considered a master of the modernist movement. He painted with Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France until the pair had a famous falling out, and spent most of the last years of his life in the South Pacific.

'Mata mua (In Olden Times)' by Paul Gauguin, 1892 (Photo: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza / Scala / Art Resource, NY)

‘Mata mua (In Olden Times)’ by Paul Gauguin, 1892 (Photo: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza / Scala / Art Resource, NY)

Forever linked to his South Seas muse, Gauguin is best known for paintings such as In Olden Times and Under the Pandanus. What may surprise many is that Gauguin was also a prodigious creator of works on paper. Gauguin: Metamorphoses pays homage to artist’s trove of prints and transfer drawings with over 160 works on display at the Museum of Modern Art.

Organized chronologically the exhibition features masterworks in a range of mediums from woodcuts relating to his paintings, exquisite watercolor monotypes and nuanced drawings. They represent the artist’s continual experimentation with mediums which helped hone his vigorous creative process.

Gauguin: Metamorphoses is on view at Museum of Modern Art through June 8, 2014.

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