Light Reveals New Details of Gauguin's Creative Process

French artist Paul Gauguin is well known for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life, but he also was a highly experimental printmaker. Little is known, however, about the techniques and materials Gauguin used to create his unusual and complex graphic works. Now a team of scientists and art conservators from Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago has used a simple light bulb, an SLR camera and computational power to uncover new details of Gauguin's printmaking process—how he formed, layered and re-used imagery to make 19 unique graphic works in the Art Institute's collection.

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