The Easel

Gauguin: It’s Not Just Genius vs Monster

Gauguin’s sojourns in Tahiti have made him one of art history’s seriously bad boys. His misdeeds limit our perspective on his work, a situation that a Chicago exhibition seeks to change. Before Tahiti there were carvings and ceramics. These “gloriously uncouth” pieces have the “bold contours and patches of colour pigment that characterize Gauguin’s mature painting … and had no need of Polynesian daydreams.”