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Gauguin: Metamorphoses

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'If you can have only one Gauguin book, the Museum of Modern Art's catalog for its "Gauguin: Metamorphoses" exhibition.. is a very strong candidate. It is distinguished by excellent essays by Starr Figura, who organized the show, as well as by Elizabeth Childs, Hal Foster and Erika Mosier. Moreover, its multimedia approach places new emphasis on the way motifs migrated among the artist's woodcuts, transfer drawings, carved wood sculpture, paintings and ceramics. The result is a much expanded sense of Gauguin's inventiveness, his working methods and how much he accomplished during his relatively brief maturity.' - The New York Times

Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit, c1900, Paul Gauguin - Gauguin: Metamorphoses, MoMA

Published to accompany an exhibition at MoMA, this richly illustrated catalogue featuring more than 200 works, explores Paul Gauguin's experimental approach to his sculpture, printmaking and drawing.

The book focuses on Gauguin's rarely seen prints and transfer drawings and the ways that these then developed into and related to his better known painting and artwork. Created in several discrete bursts of activity from 1889 until his death in 1903, these remarkable works on paper reflect Gauguin’s experiments with a range of media, from radically "primitive" woodcuts that extend from the sculptural gouging of his carved wood reliefs, to jewel-like watercolour monotypes and large mysterious transfer drawings. 

Winner of the Association of American Publisher's 2015 PROSE Award for Best Art Exhibition Catalogue.

  • Author: Hal Foster, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University 
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Date published: March 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0870709050
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 23.5 x 3.2 cm

'totally rethinks Gauguin's work by focusing on his drawings – dark, bizarre and much more challenging than his lush Tahitian paintings' - The Guardian

'redefines Paul Gauguin’s achievement and sensibility by giving his work a new sense of process and emotional turmoil that thrillingly complicates the man and his modernist legacy' - The New York Times

'If you can have only one Gauguin book, the Museum of Modern Art's catalog for its "Gauguin: Metamorphoses" exhibition last spring is a very strong candidate. It is distinguished by excellent essays by Starr Figura, who organized the show, as well as by Elizabeth Childs, Hal Foster and Erika Mosier. Moreover, its multimedia approach places new emphasis on the way motifs migrated among the artist's woodcuts, transfer drawings, carved wood sculpture, paintings and ceramics. The result is a much expanded sense of Gauguin's inventiveness, his working methods and how much he accomplished during his relatively brief maturity' The New York Times