• January 30 at 2:00 pm
  • Alliance française Toronto - ONLINE
Talks - Guided Tour

You are invited to an online guided tour: Artist Portrait - Paul Gauguin

How does it work?
1/ Sign up here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/portraits-dartistes-/register
2/ Get a link before the event.
3/ The tour lasts for 1h and you'll get to discover everything about artist Paul Gauguin. All of your questions are certainly welcome and the tour will be interactive.


Considered today as one of the greatest precursors of modern art, Gauguin was inspired and then detached himself from Impressionism to develop an art of his own. His way of painting and his outlook on the world will make him famous but will also attract numerous and violent criticisms.

Like many avant-garde artists, Gauguin is passionate. At first a simple Sunday painter, he one day leaves a stable job and a clear future to turn completely to painting. With this decision, goodbye to fixed wages: misery awaits him - fame too, later. Gauguin's painting grabs you with the vibrancy of color and chromatic intensity. His paintings are steeped in spirituality and exoticism, they are loaded with symbols and sensuality. Gauguin seeks a naive art, a return to the sources, a look that interprets the world and sees beyond. It was not for nothing that he first paints Breton landscapes, in Pont-Aven, where the peasant way of life seduces him for its raw and simple appearance. Then, it is towards the tropical shores and in particular Tahiti that his art carries him. In these lush jungle landscapes, among statues of rough stones and naked bodies, Gauguin seeks answers to the world's questions. He paints plants in unreal colors, skinny dogs, women who never cease to fascinate him and disturbing scenes of mysticism...

From paintings to sculptures, Gauguin's work will reveal its secrets to you, or at least some of them.


Who is your guide?

Passionate about art and culture, Ophélie Delacour graduated in cultural mediation from Ecole du Louvre, in Paris. Since a couple of years, she works as a tour guide and organises tours in different Parisian districts and masterpieces (Eiffel Tour, Latin District, Montmartre). In 2019, she comes to Toronto to work for one year at Alliance Française Toronto and offers the first online guided tours during Covid-19. She is now back in France, where she lives and from where she keeps on giving online tours in Toronto.


This guided tour is a part of a 6 part conference: 

  • Claude Monet : September 18 2020
  • Auguste Renoir : October 17 2020
  • Berthe Morisot : November 14 2020 
  • Paul Gauguin : January 30, 2021
  • Henri Matisse : February 20, 2021
  • Eugène Delacroix : March 20, 2021

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