Norton Museum of Art to Exhibit Painting by Van Gogh on Loan from National Gallery


WEST PALM BEACH, FL.- For the next several months the Norton Museum’s celebrated painting by Paul Gauguin, Christ in the Garden of Olives, 1889 (illustrated at right), will be featured in the exhibition Gauguin: Maker of Myth at the Tate Modern, London, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. In this work Gauguin portrayed himself in a tragic, iconic mode as Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of his betrayal by Judas Iscariot. In a poignant reference to his attempted artistic liaison with Vincent van Gogh, which had recently ended in a debacle, Gauguin has given himself bright orange-red hair—like that of his erstwhile colleague and friend. During much of our painting’s absence from West Palm Beach the Museum will display, instead, an almost exactly contemporaneous self-portrait by Van Gogh, likewise painted in the immediate aftermath of the contentious and aborted sojourn with Gaugu