Jean-François Boclé in “Gauguin and Laval in Martinique”


This autumn, the Van Gogh Museum will host a unique exhibition: “Gauguin and Laval in Martinique.” The exhibition runs from October 5, 2018, to January 13, 2019, at the Van Gogh Museum (at Museumplein 6) in Amsterdam. “In 1887, friends and fellow artists Gauguin and Laval lived and worked in Martinique. This is the first exhibition to unite the colourful works that they created on the island.” [See previous post Exhibition: Gauguin and Laval in Martinique/.]

This project includes a solo exhibition by Martinican artist Jean-François Boclé, whose work will interact with the pieces by Gauguin and Laval (more information will be added when available).

Description: 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.

Colourful works

Gauguin and Laval in 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.

Who was Charles Laval?

Charles Laval achieved success at the annual Salon exhibitions in Paris at a young age. After living in Paris for a few years, he moved to Pont-Aven (Brittany), where he met Paul Gauguin. After returning from Martinique, Laval became a significant painter in the Pont-Aven School. In 1890, Gauguin and Laval fell in love with the same woman, which brought their friendship to an end.

[Image above: Detail of Charles Laval’s “Landscape in Martinique”.]

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2 thoughts on “Jean-François Boclé in “Gauguin and Laval in Martinique”

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  2. Antonio De Robertis, knowned as van Gogh’ scholar leader at international level and his close collaborator Emanuele Della Bella, on tuesday 2 October, performed a protesting “blitz”, the second after the other one done in 4 July 2017, during the press conference of Gauguin and Laval exhibition in Martinica, that will open on friday 5 October.
    It was 4 p.m. when they fixed in the external side of the glass windows Musem’ facade, a18 meters long banner, with a spectacular action, under the astonished eyes of the visitors.
    The Museum security asked for Police intervention.
    The Police intervened one hour after the banner e yet exhibited.
    The “blitz”, was the cause of 2 hours’ delay, because of the Police request for removal of the banners, as iIt is possible to see in photos and videos in which a change of conduct was strongly requested, as the Museum is since time more interested in the business snd promotion of the brand name “Vincent”, that in research studies.

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