Paul Gauguin: King of Controversy with Sabry Amroussi

Paul Gauguin: King of Controversy with Sabry Amroussi


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For many art lovers, the name Paul Gauguin conjures up images of tropical French Tahitian beaches, rich colors, and eye-catching, flowing movement. An icon of the post-impressionism era, Gauguin's work can be found in galleries and museums across the globe, so why, to many others, does his name evoke feelings of disgust? What tumultuous controversies hide behind this French artist's dreamy paintings?

Gauguin is best known for his gorgeous paintings of Tahiti, in which beautiful native girls disport themselves enticingly on perfect South Pacific beaches, but have these celebrated portrayals of an earthly paradise been misunderstood? Has the fame of Gauguin blinded much of the art world to the bigger truths about his achievements? For your expert, Sabry Amroussi, the answer is a resounding yes. Behind colorful paintings of paradise are accusations and tales of Gauguin's familial neglect, sexual misconduct, and racism. How much of these accusations, however, are truthful?

Led by art historian and Context favorite, Sabry Amroussi, this epic conversation will follow the painter through countless twists and turns in a remarkable life that takes him from an idyllic and forgotten childhood in Peru to a horrific and notorious death on the Marquesas Islands. The Gauguin who emerged from this radical re-telling of his story was not only a great painter but also a sculptor, musician, printmaker, journalist, and ceramicist. Amroussi will not only invite viewers into a study of Gauguin's art and life, but will propose a completely new understanding of his place in art. 

Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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