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Eagerness to travel to exoticism after visiting Gauguin's exhibition at the Thyssen museum

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Parau api, Gauguin's work at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum exhibition in Madrid

In the actual panorama of exhibitions in Madridundoubtedly the Gauguin exhibition of the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum It occupies a prominent place.

After its inauguration, I had the opportunity to visit it and have been able to verify as the title of the exhibition, Paul Gauguin and the journey to the exotic, expresses very well the sensations that arouses the vision of the work of the French artist.

Specifically, which you can see in this temporal exposition, because it is attached to the last era of Paul Gauguin, with works painted during his travel and stay in Tahiti, where he finally passed away.

There is no doubt that exoticism is the main protagonist of the exhibition. But against the idea that you can have of the great color in Gauguin's work, certainly justified by paintings such as Parau api, arriving from the Neu Meister gallery in Dresden, or Kill mua, which we can usually see in the Thyssen museum's own collection, you may be surprised by the dark green tones that characterize much of the exhibits.

This is because it reflects the greenery of the great vegetation of the paradisiacal landscapes of Tahiti, and the representation by Gauguin of its dazzling nature. You can see it especially in the sections of the exhibition dedicated to «Tahitian Paradise» and «Under the Palm Trees».

That exoticism which involves the entire exhibition is expressed in works by other artists also present in it. From those who have influenced Gauguin's work, or who have been influenced by it, and in particular, in a painting by the French painter Delacroix made during his trip to North Africa.

But that exoticism is complemented by the eagerness to travel to discover exotic countries, such as Asians or Polynesia itself.

At a time when traveling to those countries is easier than ever, so that in 20 hours you can move to Tahiti, the existence of that traveling eagerness acquires even more value at the time when Gauguin took more than two months to arrive to Polynesia.

Don't be surprised that, after visit the exhibition of Gauguin, go out with that traveling eagerness and the desire to know an exotic place such as Tahiti, and in particular its still wild Martinique islands.

To reaffirm that eagerness the book can possibly help you «Travel notebook, Tahiti and Gauguin«, Which has been published by the museum on the occasion of the exhibition in Madrid, and which reflects the experience of a trip following the footsteps of Gauguin in Tahiti.

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