Breton Eve (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

Breton Eve - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleBreton Eve
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Dimensions33.7 x 31.1 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, US

About Breton Eve

The artwork titled “Breton Eve” is a creation of the artist Paul Gauguin dating back to the year 1889 in France. It is crafted using pastel and watercolor on paper and is an exemplification of the Post-Impressionism art movement. The dimensions of this piece measure 33.7 by 31.1 centimeters. As a nude painting (nu), it is situated within the genre that focuses on the depiction of the human figure in its natural state. “Breton Eve” is currently housed in the McNay Art Museum located in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

In the artwork, we witness a figure of a nude woman seated on the ground, her body language suggesting introspection or melancholy, with her head resting on her hands. The background displays a remarkable juxtaposition of vibrant and contrasting hues, with blue and yellow tones dominating the space. There are hints of an organic environment, possibly with trees or floral elements, adding a touch of the natural world. The use of color and light is typical of Gauguin’s style during this time, where he often explored emotional expression and symbolism through vivid and non-naturalistic color schemes. The figure, while central, is integrated into the broader canvas through a harmonious yet dynamic blend of hues, creating a compelling visual narrative.

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