A breton boy (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

A breton boy - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleA breton boy
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Dimensions93 x 74 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationWallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany

About A breton boy

The artwork titled “A Breton Boy” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1889 in France. This piece is rendered in oil on canvas and is associated with the Post-Impressionism movement. The dimensions of the piece measure approximately 93 by 74 centimeters. Classified as a nude painting (nu), this piece forms part of the collection at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum located in Cologne, Germany.

The artwork depicts a young boy in a reclining pose, set against a vivid, verdant backdrop. The boy’s body is rendered with smooth, flowing lines that emphasize the relaxed nature of his pose. Gauguin’s signature use of color is evident within the composition, where the greens of the landscape are contrasted with the warm, earthy tones of the boy’s skin. The boy’s gaze is directed toward the viewer, creating an intimate connection. Details such as foliage and a white cloth beneath the boy give context to the scene, suggesting an outdoor setting. The overall effect is one that reflects the themes of naturalism and serenity, characteristic of Gauguin’s exploration of the human figure within landscapes during his period in Brittany.

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