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Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist


Gaugin Artist As Alchemist

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

Purchase from the Art Institute Museum Shop. Available to booksellers from Yale University Press.

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 rich analyses 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. This 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.

Edited by Gloria Groom

With contributions by Gloria Groom, Dario Gamboni, Harriet K. Stratis, Ophélie Ferlier-Bouat, Claire Bernard, Allison Perelman, Isabelle Cahn, Estelle Bégué, Nadège Horner, and Elsa Badie Modiri

336 pages, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
408 color and 11 b/w ills.

Out of print
ISBN: 978-0-86559-286-5 (softcover)
ISBN: 978-0-300-21701-8 (hardcover)


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