The deeply colorful and almost hallucinatory images that document Paul Gauguin’s adventures in Tahiti are familiar to most. But what is less known is that before his travels in the Pacific, he found inspiration closer to home, in the towns of Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu in Brittany, in northwestern France. After failures in Paris, Gauguin moved to Pont-Aven around 1886, looking for a simpler, more frugal life. A trying winter eventually convinced him to set sail for warmer climes. This exhibition displays pictures of the town’s rural Catholic population, as well as paintings by members of the Pont-Aven colony, whose work Gauguin inspired. —E.C.
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