The Van Gogh Museum is presenting Gauguin & Laval in Martinique, the first ever exhibition devoted to a significant, but up until now neglected period in the artistic career of Paul Gauguin: the four months he spent on the island of Martinique in 1887, together with his friend and fellow artist Charles Laval.
In this French colony, located in the Caribbean, the two artists sought new inspiration away from Paris – a city that they believed had become too modern and depraved.
The colourful artworks that they created on the island proved to have a huge impact on their artistic development. A significant number of this series of works is exhibited together for the first time in this exhibition.
The Van Gogh Museum collection features several pivotal works by Laval and Gauguin from their time in Martinique. The foundations of this collection were laid by Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo. As early as 1887, they were amongst the first to admire Gauguin’s work from Martinique, and acquired several pieces.
Jean-François Boclé installation
In this exhibition the Martinican contemporary artist Jean-François Boclé, who lives and works in Paris, will present an installation. In Caribbean Hurricane, he reflects on the presentation and offers an alternative perspective on Martinique.
The Mango Trees, Martinique
Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903), Martinique, 1887
oil on canvas, 86cm x 116cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)