About 300 works by Paul Gauguin, the French painter who rejected middle class comforts to pursue art in the Polynesian wild, fill the Grand Palais in France's largest retrospective of his work in 40 years.

"Gauguin," running through April 24, is a $2 million co-production with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Washington National Gallery of Art, which presented slightly different versions of the show last year.The French have not had a comprehensive look at Gauguin since 1949 and they have embraced his works wholeheartedly. The show has been billed as the blockbuster art event of the season, drawing about 6,000 visitors daily.