Turn the pages of Avant et après by Paul Gauguin

Explore Paul Gauguin's final manuscript

Below, you can explore Avant et après, the final manuscript of the highly influential French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. It is available both in its original form, as well as translated.

Part-memoir and part-manifesto, Avant et après reveals important insights into Gauguin’s life, relationships and thoughts. It includes numerous drawings and monotype prints by the artist.

Avant et après is an important addition to what is already the most significant collection of works by Gauguin in the UK – joining amongst other works the masterpieces from his Tahitian period, Nevermore and Te Rerioa – and further strengthens The Courtauld’s resources for Gauguin scholarship.

To access the transcribed French text and the English translation alongside the original pages, click the Universal Access icon, in the top left corner of the turn-the-page feature.

Or you can scroll further down and read the text in French and in English in the PDF below.

View the English translation of Avant et après

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