Nancy Ireson is the Schroder Foundation Curator of Painting at the Courtauld Gallery, and specialises in French art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Paul Gauguin’s vivid and sensuous paintings are among the most reproduced and recognisable in the history of art. Most books on the artist concentrate on one aspect of his story, whether it is the time he spent in Brittany, in Arles with his friend Vincent Van Gogh or in the South Seas.