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The Kinských Palace is presenting the work of the most significant Czech artists of the 20th century, together with their French counterparts.

Paul Gauguin and Czech artists of the 20th century at the Kinských Palace (until March 17th)

Eva Ledecká
16.Nov 2018
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Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin

The new exhibition entitled Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin: Czech artists in Brittany 1850-1950 was created in cooperation with the National Gallery of Prague and Musée départemental breton and reveals Czech-French artistic relations.

Paul Gauguin, Escape
Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin

Brittany – the center of art

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Brittany was the center of modern art. The so-called Pontaven school named after the town of Pont-Aven emerged here, and the best artists of the time flocked to it. They were inspired by the luxury work of Paul Gauguin, Émil Bernard or Paul Sérusier.

The Czechs were also present in Brittany

Numerous Czech artists, whose luxury works were influenced by the local nature and customs, also visited Brittany. The new exhibition at the Kinských Palace maps their work during this period. You will learn how artists such as Jaroslav Čermák, Antonín Chittussi, Alfons Mucha, Josef Čapek, František Kupka, Jan Zrzavý, Alén Diviš, Toyen or Jan Křížek captured the landscape or the traditional Brittany motifs and how the Pontaven school influenced their art.

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Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin – a painting from the collection of the National Gallery

In addition to the luxurious works of Czech artists, the famous painting by Paul Gauguin entitled Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin, is also exhibited here. This painting originated in the village of La Pouldu, where the artist moved for more peace from Pont-Aven. This is one of the most significant works of the National Gallery collection.

"The work is a paraphrase of the painting Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet, who saw Gauguin during a joint visit to the museum with Vincent van Gogh. Unlike Courbet, Gauguin paints himself facing the viewer and a village woman from Brittany passing by," says Kristýna Hochmuth of the two curators of the exhibition, and adds:

"Gauguin was an art outsider who valued ordinary people and life outside art centers and art trade."

You can visit the luxurious exhibition from November 16th, 2018 until March 17th, 2019.

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