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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 02/25/2011

A sampler of rarely seen Gauguins

By Jacqueline Trescott

Paul Gauguin's 'Musique Barbare.' (Courtesy of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)

Here is a suggested planner for your visit to "Gauguin: Maker of Myth," which opens Sunday at the National Gallery of Art. A few works are not to be missed because their U.S. visits are rare, or have never happened before.

Get in line because Paul Gauguin is one of the artists the museum-goers never get tired of.

Three works are in the States for the first time ever, according to the gallery.

"Two Children," an oil from 1889. It's in Room 2.

"Arearea no Varua ino (Words of the Devil), an oil from 1894. It's in Room 4.

"Woman with Mango Fruits," carved and painted by the artist in 1889. It's in Room 3.

One watercolor has never been displayed in the United States. "Musique Barbare (Barbaric Music) was painted by Gauguin in 1893. It's a pen with ink and watercolor on canvas. It's in Room 4.

"Pape Moe (Mysterious Water)," an oak bas-relief, carved by Gauguin in 1894, has not been seen by the American public since the 1920s. It is in the sixth room, the last gallery of the show.

This show, organized by the Tate Modern, London and the National Gallery, is showing together for the first time 4 religious paintings from Brittany.

"Christ in the Garden of Olives," an 1889 oil. It's in Room 1. "Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel," an 1888 oil. "Breton Calvary (The Green Christ)" an 1889 oil. "The Yellow Christ," an 1889 oil. The last three are in the second room of the exhibition.

This show closes June 5.

More on this story:

'Gauguin: Maker of Myth' at National Gallery showcases late-19th-century artwork

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 25, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, National Gallery of Art, Washington exhibitions  | Tags:  National Gallery of Art, Paul Gauguin, Washington exhibition  
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