Bathing Place (1886; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Bathing Place - Paul Gauguin - 1886; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleBathing Place
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1886; Pont-aven, France
Dimensions60 x 73 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan

About Bathing Place

The artwork titled “Bathing Place” is a creation of artist Paul Gauguin, completed in the year 1886 during his time in Pont-aven, France. This piece exemplifies the Post-Impressionism art movement, portraying a genre scene in oil on canvas. The artwork’s dimensions are 60 by 73 centimeters, and it is presently housed at the Hiroshima Museum of Art in Hiroshima, Japan.

“Bathing Place” showcases a serene, communal scene set in nature. In the foreground, figures are seen engaging in the leisurely activity of bathing. The brushwork is both fluid and deliberate, characteristics of Gauguin’s style that embody the essence of Post-Impressionism with its emphasis on bold colors and expressive form. The painting’s composition draws the viewer’s eye across various figures, both clothed and unclothed, reflecting the unadorned simplicity of rural life. The natural landscape surrounding the bathers, with lush foliage and reflective water, is rendered in a way that harmonizes with the human activity. The overall effect is one of pastoral tranquility, where the ordinary moment is elevated into a subject worthy of artistic exploration.

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