Noon Talk: Paul Gauguin's Invocation: Reaching for the Infinite, Constrained by the Finite

12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor

Paul Gauguin's frustrated urge to "express the inexpressible"--the truth behind appearances--intensified in his final years. Michelle Facos, IU Professor of the History of Art, considers what we can learn about the artist's state of mind by a close reading of The Invocation (1903), which Gauguin painted at the end of his life as a self-exile in Polynesia. The Invocation is currently on loan to the IU Art Museum from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Image: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903). The Invocation, 1903. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift from the Collection of John and Louise Booth in memory of their daughter Winkie, 1976.63.1