- Paul Gauguin
- Manuscript with two woodcuts and two transfer drawings on the cover
Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention features an exceptional display of 90 paintings, wood carvings, ceramics, prints, and writings that showcase the artist’s fascination with experimentation in various media. Gauguin created his own multi-faceted artistic style, much like he crafted his own distinctive path through life. His style evolved over time; in painting, he is most recognized for his experimental use of color and flattening of space and forms, an approach which was distinctly different from that seen in his earlier, Impressionist period paintings. His inventiveness transcended painting and print-making, and in the works he created in ceramics and in wood.
The exhibition is grounded in a prodigious loan of 55 works by Gauguin from the distinguished collection of Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. The works in the exhibition will take visitors on a journey through Gauguin’s artistic output ignited by the people and cultures he encountered on his global travels, from early Impressionist paintings to iconic works from Brittany and Tahiti to fascinating three-dimensional objects.
Presented alongside the Glyptotek works are pieces from the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection, including Polynesian sculptures and Peruvian ceramics. An extremely rare manuscript hand-written by Gauguin himself helps give insight into the thoughts of the artist. The manuscript, Modern Thought and Catholicism, was a gift to the Museum in 1948 from film star and St. Louis native, Vincent Price.
The exhibition is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art, with research assistant Abigail Yoder.
Enhance your Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention experience with a free audio guide featuring expert commentary on 11 works in the exhibition.
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Holiday hours are noted on our calendar
Final admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes.
Members always free.
Seniors and Students: $12
Children (6–12): $6
Children (5 and under): Free; ticket required
Free on Fridays: Subject to availability
Guided group tours (10 or more) available.
Tickets can be purchased or reserved in person at one of the Museum Information Centers, by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111, or order online at MetroTix.com. Tickets cannot be obtained by calling the Museum directly. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Same day tickets must be purchased at the Museum and are not available through MetroTix.
Free on Fridays: Subject to availability; ticket required; limited to six tickets per reservation.
Discover the stories, techniques, and history behind the works on view in Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention on a docent guided tour. Free with exhibition ticket.
Wednesdays and Saturdays during the exhibition, beginning July 24
Main Exhibition Galleries
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Large print labels for The Art of Invention will be available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition is available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum from the collections of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is sponsored by Christie's.