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Gauguin specialist June Hargrove, University of Maryland, with curator Gloria Groom, discusses the relationship of Gauguin's sculptures and wood-carvings to his creative process. They explore how his radical experiments in three dimensions affect his overall approach to materials and techniques, resulting in deeply intertwined works of art that express profound meaning.
About the Speaker:
June Hargrove is Professor, Nineteenth-Century European Painting and Sculpture at the University of Maryland. She focuses on European art, particularly French, from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Her scholarship investigates the historical context of art, with an emphasis on the impact of global transformations on style and content in painting and sculpture. In 2012 she received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government for scholarship about the cultural heritage of France. Her 2014 exhibition on Albert Carrier-Belleuse: The Master of Rodin, for the Palace of Compiègne, north of Paris, explored the marriage of art and industry in the artist’s work, which ranged from sensuous Salon marbles to luxury objects in gold and modest utensils in zinc. The young Rodin collaborated with him intermittently over two decades.
Professor Hargrove has published a new book on the painting and sculpture of Paul Gauguin, reconsidering his final years in the Marquesas Islands. Her article “Paul Gauguin: Sensing the Infinite” appeared in Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice, edited by Sally Promey for Yale University Press.
Image: Paul Gauguin. Soyez mystérieuses (Be Mysterious), 1890. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.