In 1886 the French Painter Paul Gauguin embarked on a series of experiments with ceramics, which resulted in a long sequence of finished works. There were quite possibly as many as a hundred of these, of which few more than sixty are known today. Gauguin continued to refer to his ceramics as “Sculpture”, not as handicraft products.
The Glyptotek owns 12 of Gauguin’s ceramic works. One group drew its inspiration from a stay in Brittany in the summer of 1886, another displays the moer exotic motifs from the time he spent in Martinique from 1887 to 1888.