Gauguin : artist as alchemist / edited by Gloria Groom ; with contributions by Gloria Groom, Dario Gamboni, Harriet K. Stratis, Ophélie Ferlier-Bouat, Claire Bernardi, Allison Perelman, Isabelle Cahn, Estelle Bégué, Nadège Horner, and Elsa Badie Modiri.

Chicago, Illinois : Art Institute of Chicago, [2017]
335 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
First edition.

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Gauguin (Art Institute of Chicago)
Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903 -- Exhibitions.
Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903 -- Knowledge and learning -- Exhibitions.
Workmanship -- Exhibitions.
Handicraft in art -- Exhibitions.
Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903.
Art, French.
Decorative arts.
Post-impressionism (Art).
Exhibition catalogs.
Illustrated works.
Exhibition catalogs.
Illustrated works
Text in English, with some selections translated from the French.
"Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a creative force above and beyond his legendary work as a painter. Surveying the full scope of his career-spanning experiments in different media and formats--clay, works on paper, wood, and paint, as well as furniture and decorative friezes--this volume delves into his enduring interest in craft and applied arts, reflecting on their significance to his creative process. Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist draws on extensive new research into the artist's working methods, presenting him as a consummate craftsman--one whose transmutations of the ordinary yielded new and remarkable forms. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this book includes essays by an international team of scholars who offer a rich analysis of Gauguin's oeuvre beyond painting. By embracing other art forms, which offered fewer dominant models to guide his work, Gauguin freed himself from the burden of artistic precedent. In turn, these groundbreaking creative forays, especially in ceramics, gave new direction to his paintings. The authors' insightful emphasis on craftsmanship deepens our understanding of Gauguin's considerable achievements as a painter, draftsman, sculptor, ceramist, and printmaker within the history of modern art"-- Provided by publisher.
Avant et après : "all this and all that" / Gloria Groom
Paul Gauguin's crucible of forms / Dario Gamboni
Disrupting convention : Gauguin's unique multiples and transfers / Harriet K. Stratis
The alchemist and the savage : truth and self-reflection in Gauguin's three-dimensional work / Ophélie Ferlier-Bouat
Iteration and invention in Gauguin's paintings / Claire Bernardi
"The burning yellow atelier" / Allison Perelman
Gauguin's visual universe / Elsa Badie Modiri, Nadège Horner, and Allison Perelman
Catalogue. Becoming Gauguin ; The expanding workshop ; Gauguin's symbolist avatars ; Confronting the Maori ; Mythologizing the Maori ; Decorator of dreams
Photography credits.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 322-327) and index.
Groom, Gloria Lynn, editor, contributor.
Gamboni, Dario, contributor.
Stratis, Harriet K., 1960- contributor.
Art Institute of Chicago, organizer, host institution.
Musée d'Orsay, organizer.
Réunion des musées nationaux (France), organizer.
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