Avant et après (Before and after) by Paul Gauguin

Wednesday 9 December, 16.30 (GMT)

Image courtesy of The Courtauld
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Through the Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme administered by the Arts Council, The Courtauld has recently acquired one of Paul Gauguin's most important manuscripts. Written in 1903, in the last few months of his life when Gauguin was living in the South Pacific Ocean, the manuscript has been rarely seen and was thought to be long lost. Part-memoir and part-manifesto, in more than 200 pages comprising 18 monotypes and 10 pages of drawings, Avant et Après reveals fundamental insights into Gauguin's life, relationships and thoughts, and complements the extraordinary collection of Gauguin's works at The Courtauld.

Join Dr Ketty Gottardo, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld and Stephen Ongpin, Director Stephen Ongpin Fine Art in conversation, as they discuss one of Gauguin's most important manuscripts.



Dr Ketty Gottardo,
Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery

Dr Ketty Gottardo, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery

Dr Ketty Gottardo studied History of Art at the University of Udine, Italy, later obtaining her MA and subsequently her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Before becoming curator of drawings at The Courtauld Gallery in 2016, Ketty worked in the Drawings departments at the Louvre Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At Christie's, Paris, she was Head of Old Master Drawings for seven years.






Stephen Ongpin, Founder, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art & Chairman, London Art Week

Stephen Ongpin has over thirty years of experience as an art dealer, specialising in Master drawings, watercolours and oil sketches dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries. He began his career at the famous art dealership of P. & D. Colnaghi in 1986. Working in the firm's drawings department, Stephen was responsible for researching, writing and editing the gallery's annual catalogues of Master Drawings. In 2001 he helped to establish Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd. in London, assuming responsibility for the new firm's drawings department and organizing their successful exhibitions. He has to date researched and written over sixty scholarly catalogues of drawings. Since 2006, Stephen has worked independently as a private dealer, and in December 2007 he opened a gallery in the heart of St. James's in London.

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