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Paul Gauguin- Alfred Flechtheim
Art dealer of the Avantgarde

Paul Gauguin

07.06.1848 Paris - 08.05.1903 Atuona/ Marquesas-Insel Hiva-Oa
Alfred Flechtheim and Paul Gauguin

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin is considered a precursor of both the French Fauves group of artists and German Expressionism. He worked first of all in at Bertin’s, a bank in Paris, and held his first exhibition in the Salon in 1876. He became familiar with Impressionism through his contact with Camille Pissaro in 1879 and subsequently took part in their exhibitions. From 1883 onwards he devoted himself entirely to art. Three years later he met Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas. Gauguin frequently spent time with artist friends such as Émile Bernard and Paul Sérusier in Pont-Aven, Brittany. It was there and on Tahiti, where he worked from 1891 onwards, that he developed his expressive, exotic style of painting, based on native folk art, with simplified, large-scale shapes and intense colours. This ‘synthetic painting’ and his sculptural work had a lasting influence on 20th-century art.

Gauguin was sponsored by Theo van Gogh, among others. In 1903, long before the retrospective in the Salon d’Automne in autumn 1906, Karl Ernst Osthaus was the first German museum director to acquire several works for the Folkwang Museum in Hagen. In 1904 the art critic Julius Meier-Graefe drew attention to Gauguin’s importance and, one year later, the collector Harry Graf Kessler organised the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Großherzogliches Museum in Weimar. At the Sonderbund exhibition in Cologne in 1912 Gauguin had a room to himself and was celebrated as a leading figure of Modernist painting.

In 1906/07 Alfred Flechtheim first saw Gauguin’s work in Paris which he then collected and sold on a limited scale. In 1909 he loaned a lithograph to an exhibition in Düsseldorf for the first time and other works to the Deutsche Werkbund exhibition in Cologne in 1914. Although Flechtheim leant more towards Picasso and Braque, he still continued to exhibit Gauguin’s works after World War I. In 1937 several works by the artist were confiscated by the Nazis and shown at the ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition in Munich.

Individual exhibitons at the Galerie Flechtheim

Group exhibitions at the Galerie Flechtheim

Dezember 1913

Beiträge zur Kunst des XIX. Jahrhunderts und unserer Zeit. Zusammengestellt von Dr.Paul Mahlberg. Herausgegeben anläßlich ihrer Eröffnung von der Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, GmbH
Düsseldorf, Alleestraße 7

Januar–Februar 1914

Heinrich Nauen. Erste Kollektiv-Ausstellung in der Galerie Alfred Flechtheim
Düsseldorf, Alleestraße 7

Mai–Oktober 1914

Deutsche Werkbundausstellung. Leihgaben der Galerie Alfred Flechtheim
Köln / Düsseldorf, Alleestraße 7

Juni 1917

Galerie Alfred Flechtheim. Moderne Gemälde. Auktion durch Paul Cassirer und Hugo Helbing in den Versteigerungsräumen
Berlin, Kurfürstendamm 208-209

September 1927

Nell Walden-Heimann und ihre Sammlungen
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

September–Oktober 1928

Lebende ausländische Kunst. Aus rheinischem Privatbesitz
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

November–Dezember 1929

Seit Cézanne in Paris
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

März–April 1930

Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Mai–Juni 1932

111 Porträts zeitgenössischer Künstler. Selbstbildnisse. Bildnisse von Malern, Dichtern, Schauspielern, Musikern, Boxern usw.
Berlin, Lützowufer 13