Gauguin Oral Histories
The Wildenstein Plattner Institute’s (WPI’s) Paul Gauguin Oral History Series explores the context and creation of the 2020 digital volumes of the catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Paul Gauguin.
Interviews with the catalogue’s researchers and preeminent Gauguin scholars, including Sylvie Crussard, reveal the intricate, detailed process and decisions that shape a catalogue raisonné. Highlighting the project researchers’ professional backgrounds and the unique skills and experiences they bring to their work, a more comprehensive behind-the-scenes picture of the research process emerges — and in doing so, our contemporary understanding of Gauguin’s work gains new depth as well.
Evgenia Kuzmina is a researcher on the team compiling the forthcoming volume of the Paul Gauguin catalogue raisonné. She began working for the Wildenstein Plattner Institute’s Paris office in 2018. Originally from Russia, Kuzmina’s first encounters with the work of Paul Gauguin came in the galleries and archives of Moscow and St. Petersburg, lending her a unique perspective on the artist’s work. Highlights of the interview include discussions of various European art institutions and archives, the benefits and difficulties of conducting research with digital archival collections, and establishing a comprehensive chronology of Gauguin’s works.
KEYWORDS: Paul Gauguin, Tahitian period, provenance research, correspondence, archival collections, dossiers, catalogue raisonnés, digital archives, ZADIK, Thannhauser Archives, Gaston Lévy, Georges Chaudet, Pushkin Museum, Russian art movements