Gauguin and the Impressionists

Denmark's Ordrupgaard Collection is the focus for this brilliant new show about Gauguin and the Impressionists at Central London's Royal Academy. Peter Gray reports.

Paul Gauguin 'Portrait of a Young Woman, Vaïte (Jeanne) Goupil' (1896) © Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Drawn from the vaults of Denmark’s Ordrupgaard Collection, Gauguin and the Impressionists showcases a series of works by the masters of the movement. Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Morisot and Degas are all featured in the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, but as the name suggests – it is the work of Gauguin which is the central focus of the new show.

Several of the controversial artist’s greatest works are featured in the exhibition, with pieces from every period of the Frenchman’s career -from his early days in Brittany, to his final, debauched years in Tahiti. The show will attempt to trace the development of Gaugin’s highly individual use of colour and the growth of his sense of form and shape.

The Ordrupgaard Collection sits in a large house on the outskirts of Copenhagen. The life work of the French writer Théodore Duret and a couple of wealthy Danish benefactors, the collection represents a who’s who of 19th century Impressionism, from pre-impressionists like Corot and Courbet, to the movement’s undeniable stars, Monet and Degas. The collection also features several artists connected to the influential Barbizon School, such as Dupré and Daubigny.

The Royal Academy have implemented several health and safety measures to ensure the safety of its guests during the pandemic. The gallery has cut the capacity of the venue, visitors are required to book in advance, and the institution has also reduced its days of operation and opening hours. 

Gauguin and the Impressionists has been produced in association with the Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen

The exhibition is open from the 7th of August until the 18th of October 2020. More details about the show can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: new exhibition
When: 7 Aug - 18 Oct 2020
Where: The Royal Academy