Exhibition: “Gauguin and Laval in Martinique”


A post by Peter Jordens.


As mentioned in our previous posts The Hunt for Paul Guaguin’s Martinique Paintings and Van Gogh Museum Hunts Four Lost Gauguin Martinique Paintings for New Exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be hosting an exhibition on the time that French artists Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval spent in Martinique in 1887. Here now is the Museum’s announcement of the exhibition:

Exhibition: “Gauguin and Laval on Martinique”

October 5, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Van Gogh Museum

Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam

This autumn, the Van Gogh Museum will host a unique exhibition: “Gauguin and Laval on Martinique”. In 1887, friends and fellow artists Gauguin and Laval lived and worked on Martinique. This is the first exhibition to unite the colourful works that they created on the island.

Discontent with the decadent Parisian way of life, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and Charles Laval (1861-1894) escaped to the exotic Caribbean island of Martinique. In the short time that they stayed on the island, they created a series of exquisite artworks. The trip had a huge impact on their further artistic development.

“Gauguin and Laval on Martinique” will feature the warm, vivid paintings created by Gauguin and Laval on the island, alongside their outstanding preliminary sketches and large, elaborate pastels. The exhibition is unique, as this is the first time that these works have been displayed together.

For more information, contact info@vangoghmuseum.nl or visit https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en

In November 2018, the Musuem will also be hosting a 2-day expert meeting on Gauguin and Laval’s time in Martinique, with the artworks of the exhibition serving as the backdrop. A similar, 1-day expert meeting was held on October 23, 2017 to prepare for this year’s exhibition. After the two expert meetings and the exhibition, work will start on a scientific publication exploring Gauguin and Laval’s time in Martinique.


– 2018 Exhibition announcement: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibition-gauguin-and-laval-on-martinique

– 2017 Expert Meeting: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/knowledge-and-research/the-van-gogh-museum-academy/expert-meeting-gauguin-and-laval-in-martinique

– Additional information provided via email by Van Gogh Museum Senior Curator Ms. Maite van Dijk.

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