Gauguin et Laval en Martinique

Maite van Dijk & Joost van der Hoeven. With contributions by Sylvie Crussard and Karen Rechnitzer Pope

Gauguin et Laval en Martinique





26 x 21.5 cm



In co-edition with


Only available in a French language edition.

In 1887, Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval spent four months on the Caribbean island of Martinique. Their time there proved to be of crucial importance for their artistic development. Both artists dreamed of discovering idyllic surroundings on the island. In their paintings and drawings, they depicted Martinique as a “primitive” tropical paradise, using vivid colours and daring compositions. In doing so, they ignored the harsh daily reality of the colonized world.

This publication relates the story of Gauguin’s and Laval’s stay in Martinique. For the first time, nearly all of the works produced by the artists on the island have been united, including numerous sketches and watercolours.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 5 October 2018 – 13 January 2019

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