Bathing, Dieppe (1885; Denmark) by Paul Gauguin

Bathing, Dieppe - Paul Gauguin - 1885; Denmark

Artwork Information

TitleBathing, Dieppe
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1885; Denmark
Dimensions73 x 73 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNy Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

About Bathing, Dieppe

The artwork titled “Bathing, Dieppe” is an oil on canvas painting created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1885 while in Denmark. It belongs to the Impressionism movement and captures a landscape scene. The painting measures 73 x 73 cm and is housed at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The artwork depicts a coastal scene at Dieppe with several figures in the foreground presumably on the beach. The technique used by Gauguin reflects the characteristic brushstrokes of the Impressionist style, where quick, visible strokes come together to suggest forms and create a sense of movement and vibrancy. The color palette is varied and includes blues, greens, and oranges, suggesting the interplay of light and shadow typically emphasized by Impressionists.

In the middle ground, bathers can be seen in the ocean, while the background features a number of sailboats calmly moving across the water. The horizon is filled with hints of distant ships, perhaps suggestive of Dieppe’s status as a significant port. The sky is rendered with swirling clouds and a softness that merges seamlessly with the sea. The overall effect is one of a fleeting, relaxed moment captured in time, which is indicative of Impressionist works, preoccupied with the effects of light and atmosphere on the landscapes and scenes they portray.

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