Breton Woman and Goose by the Water (1888; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Breton Woman and Goose by the Water - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleBreton Woman and Goose by the Water
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Pont-aven, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Breton Woman and Goose by the Water

The artwork titled “Breton Woman and Goose by the Water” is an oil on canvas painting created by Paul Gauguin in 1888, while he resided in Pont-Aven, France. This piece is exemplary of the Post-Impressionism movement, and as a genre painting, it captures a scene from everyday life. Although the specific location where the artwork is held is not publicly disclosed, it is part of a private collection.

In the artwork, Gauguin utilizes vibrant and contrasting colors in a manner characteristic of the Post-Impressionist style, which sought to convey emotion and symbolic meaning through color and brushwork. The painting portrays a woman in traditional Breton attire, embodying the regional identity of Brittany. She is positioned at the right side of the canvas, gazing into the distance. Her pose suggests a moment of contemplation or pause amidst her daily activities.

Beside her, a goose is prominently featured and dominates the lower left quadrant of the canvas. The goose, rendered with quick, expressive strokes, stands in a grassy area that Gauguin has highlighted with vivid greens against a luminous orange that fills the canvas, depicting either the ground or a reflection of light juxtaposed with a body of water.

The background is abstract, with patches of blue seemingly melding into the sky or water, interspersed with fiery orange and bursts of red, suggesting a scene at dusk or dawn, where the natural light transforms ordinary surroundings into a tableau of intense color and emotion. Gauguin’s signature can be found in the lower left part of the canvas, leaving an indelible mark of his artistic identity on the work.

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