Did you get to know Gauguin at the Cleveland Museum of Art this fall? If you are not one of the more than 50,000 people who’ve already seen Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 (or if you just want to catch the show again), there’s still time. But you’ll need to hurry. The exhibition, co-organized by us with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, closes on Monday, January 18, and Cleveland is the only city in America where you can see it.
The place: Paris. The year: 1889 and Paul Gauguin has found out his art is too shocking to be included in the Exposition Universelle. Was he deterred? Of course not. Gauguin and his friends decided to put on their own independent exhibition to display their new post-Impressionist style of painting. The venue they chose was Monsieur Volpini’s Café des Artes which was conveniently located on the grounds of the Exposition Universelle.