Bathers (1902; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Bathers - Paul Gauguin - 1902; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1902; French Polynesia
Dimensions92 x 73 cm
Art MovementCloisonnism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Bathers

The artwork titled “Bathers” is a creation by Paul Gauguin, completed in 1902 during his time in French Polynesia. It is an oil painting on canvas that measures 92 cm by 73 cm and currently resides in a private collection. This piece is executed in the Cloisonnism style, a form of post-Impressionist art, and it embodies the genre of nude painting (nu).

“Bathers” depicts a group of figures set against an idyllic landscape that conveys the lush and vibrant environment of French Polynesia. The composition prominently features a central figure of a standing nude, flanked by other figures in various states of dress. The foreground showcases an undressed child, while the background includes two additional figures, one seated and one standing. A dog-like creature also occupies the space, contributing to the serene and everyday life scene depicted. Gauguin’s use of broad, flat areas of color and bold outlines reflects the characteristic style of Cloisonnism, highlighting the synthesis of form and the use of vibrant colors to create a flattened, two-dimensional effect. The painting exudes an exotic and peaceful aura, inviting viewers to contemplate the simple and harmonious existence captured by the artist’s brush.

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