Clovis Gauguin asleep (1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark) by Paul Gauguin

Clovis Gauguin asleep - Paul Gauguin - 1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark

Artwork Information

TitleClovis Gauguin asleep
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Clovis Gauguin asleep

The artwork titled “Clovis Gauguin asleep” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1884 while he resided in Amagerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark. This portrait is an oil on canvas masterpiece, adhering to the Impressionist art movement that was prevalent during that time. Currently, the work is held in a private collection.

“Clovis Gauguin asleep” depicts a serene scene focused on a slumbering child, presumably Clovis Gauguin, the artist’s son. The child is portrayed engaged in peaceful rest, with their head resting on their arms upon a table, suggesting the innocence and tranquility of childhood sleep. The dominant use of warm colors in the figure contrasts with the cooler, vibrant shades used in the background, which enhances the sense of depth and highlights the central subject. The artwork employs the hallmark loose brushstrokes and play on light and shadow of the Impressionism movement, imbuing the scene with an intimate atmosphere. The contrast between the stillness of the sleeping figure and the vivid background lends the portrait an almost dreamlike quality, drawing viewers into the artwork’s ambiance.

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