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Until January 2011

At Tate Modern we have a rare chance to see mysteriously beautiful paintings, prints and ceramics by the famous French nineteenth-century painter Paul Gauguin in the first exhibition of his work to be held in London since 1953. Gauguin: the Myth Maker takes a fresh look at the art of the notorious rebel who abandoned his life as a husband, father and stockbroker to pursue the exotic motifs he found on the other side of the world, in Martinique, Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, where he died in 1903. Gauguin, we learn was a shrewd manipulator of the legend he created around himself and of his position in the Paris art market. His paintings tell strange and compelling stories woven from sources as diverse as Breton folk tales and Tahitian myths, conveyed in a radically simplified style of painting that draws on a rich mix of influences from classical antiquity and non western art forms. With vivid areas of brilliant colour bounded by strong contours, he created images of breathtaking beauty filled with poetic meaning.

21 October - 16 January 2011

The Courtauld Galleries is presenting Cézanne's Card Players, a tightly focused exhibition that presents paintings, watercolours and superb drawings of peasant workers from Cézanne's family estate outside Aix-en-Provence, either as individual portraits or in groups playing cards. Cézanne succeeded in endowing his humble figures with extraordinary gravitas and timeless monumentality.

9 - 22 December 2010

Chelsea - its streets and gardens, wharfes, warehouses and riverfront - is delightfully captured in etchings by James McNeill Whistler and paintings, drawings and prints by his friend Walter Greaves and Theodore Roussel and Paul Maitland in Chelsea Reach, a charming exhibition at The Fine Art Society

Auction - 15 December 2010, Twentieth-Century British Art

Viewing starts 11 December, Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA

Among the auctions in December, one worth catching will be Twentieth-Century British Art at Sotheby's. This will showcase some fine examples of Post-War British art coming from private and museum collections by such artists as Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and the sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore

Looking forward to 2011...

  • Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts, from 22 January.
  • Degas Dancers at the Royal Academy of Arts from, 17 September.
  • Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at the National Gallery from, 9 November.