Clay jug and irin mug (1880; France) by Paul Gauguin

Clay jug and irin mug - Paul Gauguin - 1880; France

Artwork Information

TitleClay jug and irin mug
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1880; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Clay jug and irin mug

The artwork “Clay jug and iron mug,” painted by the distinguished artist Paul Gauguin in 1880, epitomizes the essence of the Impressionism movement. Gauguin, employing oil on canvas as his medium, brings to life a still life genre scene, imbued with the sensibilities and aesthetic characteristic of his period. This particular piece, presently held in a private collection, was crafted during Gauguin’s time in France and showcases his skill in capturing the simplicity and beauty of everyday objects.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a robust, warmly-toned clay jug and a contrasting, slender iron mug positioned against a backdrop that suggests a domestic setting. Gauguin’s brushwork is expressive and dynamic yet captures the textural variations of these commonplace items with an astute eye for detail. The jug’s rotund form dominates the canvas, with its earthen tones and substantial handle casting a sense of weight and solidity. In contrast, the iron mug is rendered with cooler hues, its surface reflecting light with a subtle sheen that speaks to its metal composition.

The background features muted colors and patterns, hinting at a curtain or a wall, which frames the composition and emphasizes the stillness of the scene. The play of light across the surfaces creates depth and lends an ephemeral quality to the objects, a trademark of the Impressionism style. Gauguin’s adept use of color and shadow, alongside the careful arrangement of forms, results in a tranquil tableau that invites contemplation and appreciation of the mundane transformed into art.

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