Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

Fri Feb 22 (full schedule below)
de Young Museum
9:30am – 5:15pm
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This exhibition is dedicated to the work of Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), exploring two themes central to his career: the relationships that shaped his life and work, and his quest to understand spirituality, both his own and that of other cultures he encountered. Through an exceptional partnership with the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, more than sixty Gauguin works will be on view—ranging from oil paintings and works on paper to wood carvings and ceramics—alongside art of the Pacific Islands from the FAMSF collection. Combined, these works encompass distinctive phases of Gauguin’s career to show the development of his ideas, the scope of his oeuvre, and the inspiration he found in New Zealand, the Marquesas Islands, and Tahiti.

"The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have the largest repository of works on paper in the western United States, including numerous works by Gauguin—among them, The Woman from Arles, one of his most important drawings,” says Melissa Buron, Director of the Art Division at FAMSF. “Putting these works on view with Gauguin’s stunning oil paintings provides an unprecedented opportunity for our collection to shine and take its place in the larger historical narrative.”

Image credit: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), "Reclining Tahitian Women," 1894, Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 in. (60 x 49 cm), Ny Carlsberg, Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 1832, Photograph by Ole Haupt © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen



de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA
Fri Feb 22 (9:30am – 5:15pm)
Sat Feb 23 (9:30am – 5:15pm)
Sun Feb 24 (9:30am – 5:15pm)
Tue Feb 26 (9:30am – 5:15pm)
Wed Feb 27 (9:30am – 5:15pm)


  1. de Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA