Recently, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) unveiled a new exhibition that examines the life and career of French artist Paul Gauguin. Opened Nov. 17 at the de Young museum, the exhibit examines Gauguin’s career through two central themes: relationships and spirituality, in Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey. The exhibit runs through Apr. 7, 2019 with more than 60 works in various artistic media.


In a special partnership with Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, more than 60 works that include paintings, wood carvings, ceramics and works on paper are on view. These works also include art of the Pacific Islands from FAMSF’S own collection which, when combined with the Glyptotek pieces, encompass distinctive phases of Gauguin’s career to show, among other things, inspiration he found from his travels in the Pacific. Viewers will enjoy seeing Gauguin’s works, through the lens of historical perspective from early drawings to later important paintings, and the influence artists and places had on the progression of his career.

Reclining Tahitian Woman

"The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have the largest repository of works on paper in the western United States, including numerous works by Gauguin—among them, The Woman from Arles, one of his most important drawings,” says Melissa Buron, Director of the Art Division at FAMSF. “Putting these works on view with Gauguin’s stunning oil paintings provides an unprecedented opportunity for our collection to shine and take its place in the larger historical narrative.”


Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
De Young Museum
Nov. 17, 2018—Apr. 7, 2019


Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA
9:30am-5:15pm, Tues.–Sun. Open select holidays; closed most Mondays.


Tickets: Adults $28. Discounts for students, youth, & seniors available. Members and children five and under Free.


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco oversee the de Young, located in Golden Gate Park, and the Legion of Honor, in Lincoln Park. It is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco, and one of the most visited arts institutions in the United States.