A seashore (1887; Martinique) by Paul Gauguin

A seashore - Paul Gauguin - 1887; Martinique

Artwork Information

TitleA seashore
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1887; Martinique
Dimensions46 x 61 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About A seashore

The artwork titled “A Seashore” is a creation of the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin, dated to the year 1887, originating from Martinique. It is an oil on canvas piece that adheres to the Post-Impressionism movement. Measuring 46 by 61 centimeters, this work is considered a genre painting and, as of the current knowledge cutoff, is housed in a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes a picturesque coastal scene rich in color and simple forms. Gauguin’s distinctive style is evident in the vibrant hues and bold outlines that are characteristic of Post-Impressionism. The seaside is depicted with a series of diagonal planes that create a dynamic sense of space. On the right, a group of figures is gathered, dressed in garments that reflect the radiant light and tropical setting, with the focal figure donning a brilliant red that draws the viewer’s eye.

Several trees frame the composition, their curves echoing the gentle movement of the water behind them. The foreground showcases a spectrum of warm tones that suggest a sunlit beach, while the central figures interact, standing or sitting, adorned in colorful local attire. The background features calmer blues and greens, depicting the sea and the distant land, with a white sailboat peacefully gliding on the water, and a quaint settlement suggested on the far shore. The overall effect is one of harmonious tranquility, inviting contemplation about the serene life away from the bustle of modern civilization.

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