Cail Factories and Quai of Grenelle (1875; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Cail Factories and Quai of Grenelle - Paul Gauguin - 1875; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleCail Factories and Quai of Grenelle
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1875; Paris, France
Dimensions28.2 x 41.2 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Cail Factories and Quai of Grenelle

The artwork “Cail Factories and Quai of Grenelle” was crafted by Paul Gauguin in 1875 in Paris, France. It is an oil painting on panel that is part of the Impressionism art movement, exhibiting the dimensions of 28.2 cm by 41.2 cm. The genre of this piece is cityscape, capturing a scene of urban life and industry.

In the artwork, one observes an industrial landscape, imbued with Gauguin’s early impressions of city life. The foreground features soft brushstrokes that depict an earthen path leading towards the factories. A man and an ox are prominently positioned on the left, indicative of the era’s intermingling of human and animal labor. Figures are seen going about their daily tasks, rendered with a sense of immediacy and movement that is characteristic of the Impressionist style.

The midground is occupied by the Quai of Grenelle, portrayed through a series of boats moored along the river, reflecting the importance of waterways for commerce and transportation during the time. Factory buildings line the backdrop, their chimneys emitting plumes of smoke, which blend into the dynamic, cloud-filled sky above. This smoke subtly conveys the encroachment of the industrial age upon the natural environment.

Gauguin has employed a muted, naturalistic palette to convey the atmospheric effects of light and air, typical of the Impressionist aesthetic. The artwork captures a moment in time, wherein man, nature, and industry coexist in the evolving urban fabric of Paris.

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