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Leda (Design for a China Plate), from The Volpini Suite, 1889, by Paul Gauguin. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Woodcuts and Lithographs by Paul Gauguin on View at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2005

The Clark will draw from its extensive holdings of works on paper to present the special installation, "Prints by Paul Gauguin," from April 8 to June 19, 2005. The show will include 14 of the well-known post-Impressionist's woodcuts and lithographs, normally only on view by appointment to the Clark's prints and drawings study room. 

Among the highlights is a striking series of zincographs (lithographs from zinc plates) on bright yellow paper.  These works, first exhibited in 1889 at an artist's café in Paris, expressed Gauguin's distinctive style based on flat shapes and strong outlines.  The subject matter drew from the artist's experiences in Arles, Brittany, and Martinique.

Other prints inspired by Gauguin's subsequent travels to the South Seas show how he took up the largely forgotten medium of woodcut, and revitalized it as a bold and expressive technique that he considered both "primitive" and modern. 

The Clark has a collection of approximately 5,000 prints, drawings, and photographs spanning the history of the graphic arts from the 15th century through the mid-20th century. The collection of works on paper may be viewed by appointment in the department's study room. For information on the collection or to arrange a visit, call 413-458-0560.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.   The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is free through May. From June 1 to October 31, admission is $10 for adults, and free to members, children 18 and under, and students with I.D. everyday.   For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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