SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host the area premiere of 'Gauguin Portraits' on January 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the United Kingdom, this cinematic documentary explores Gauguin’s extraordinary and, at times, controversial artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. 

Produced and directed by Patricia Wheatley, 'Gaugin Portraits' opens with a compelling hour-long overview of the man who described himself as a “savage” and an outsider long before he visited the South Seas, where he eventually did his most famous and controversial work. The seemingly self-aware French Post-Impressionist artist is brought resonantly to life in letters read by British actor Dominic West.

The documentary will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, just after it opens in London. The tour will be led by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

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Post-screening, there will be a discussion of the film and the artist led by Mary Birmingham, curator of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets -- priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door -- can be reserved by contacting summitfilm@gmail.com or purchasing at the venue. Seating is limited.