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Tate to host Gauguin exhibition

Teha'amana Has Many Parents, Paul Gauguin  (Art Institute of Chicago)
Teha'amana Has Many Parents was inspired by local life in Tahiti

London's Tate Modern will host a major exhibition by the post-Impressionist French artist Paul Gauguin next year.

The exhibition, entitled Gauguin: Maker of Myth, will feature more than 100 works of art including Self-Portrait As Christ In The Garden Of Olives.

It will also feature works such as Vision Of The Sermon and Teha'amana Has Many Parents from his years of self-imposed exile on the island of Tahiti.

It is more than 50 years since London's last Gauguin exhibition, in 1955.

Initially a student of Impressionism, Gauguin was mentored by Camille Pissarro and later became one of a circle of avant-garde artists including Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edward Manet.

'Exceptional gifts'

He also struck up a volatile friendship with Vincent Van Gogh, with a recent book claiming it was he - not Van Gogh himself - that cut off the artist's ear during a brawl.

However, his most famous works emerged from a later period living in the French Pacific colony of Tahiti, having abandoned his Impressionist ideals in favour of a more primitive style of art.

Vision of the Sermon, Paul Gauguin (National Gallery of Scotland)
Gauguin devoted himself to art after losing his job as a stockbroker

The exhibition announcement came as the Tate Modern unveiled its annual report, including revelations that the gallery had acquired works to the value of £96.7m over the previous year.

"Tate has been extremely fortunate to benefit from many exceptional gifts over the past year," said Tate director Nicholas Serota.

"We must make sure that our current visitors and future generations gain from the richness of the legacy that this generosity provides."

Chief among the gallery's new acquisition is The Apotheosis Of James I - and other studies for London's Banqueting House ceiling - the first Rubens to enter the Tate collection.

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