A Gauguin rarity

This article might win my (just created) Headline of the Week award. “That’s One Way to Shock the Bourgeoisie” talks about the J. Paul Getty Museum’s long journey to acquire Arii Matamoe (The Royal End), painted by Paul Gauguin in 1892.

The painting, displayed to the public only twice in more than a century, depicts the severed head of a Pacific Islander, with grieving people in the background. Getty senior curator Scott Schaefer described it as “the ultimate still life.”

You can read more about Arii Matamoe and see a large image of it on the Getty website here. It’s expected to be installed at the museum in early April.

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