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Nicholas Thomas – Gauguin and Polynesia

  • Sunday 5 May, 11am
  • Tickets From £9
  • Main Theatre
Thomas, Nicholas (Credit Annie Coombes)

A richly illustrated reassessment of one of the most controversial Post-Impressionist artists.

In Gauguin and Polynesia anthropologist Nicholas Thomas offers a fresh view on the artist, not from the perspective of European art history, but from the contemporary vantage point of the region – Oceania – which he so famously moved to. Here Gaugin invented enigmatic and symbolic images, but he also depicted Polynesia's colonial modernity, acknowledging the life of the time and the dignity and power of some of the Islanders he encountered. Gauguin and Polynesia neither celebrates nor condemns an extraordinary painter, who at times denounced and at other times affirmed and exploited the position the French empire offered its white citizens. 

Arts Sponsor: The Biscuit Factory 
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