Crouching Tahitian woman (1902; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Crouching Tahitian woman - Paul Gauguin - 1902; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleCrouching Tahitian woman
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1902; French Polynesia
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Crouching Tahitian woman

The artwork entitled “Crouching Tahitian Woman” is a creation of the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin, dated to the year 1902. Originating from French Polynesia, this painting is a quintessential example of the Post-Impressionism art movement. Specifically, it falls within the genre of nude painting (nu), which frequently explores the human form with a variety of expressive techniques.

The artwork presents a rear view of a nude Tahitian woman crouching down, rendered with a warmth of color that captures the natural hues of skin and earth. Gauguin’s use of undulating lines and the interplay of light and shadow suggest the contours of the woman’s body in a manner that is simultaneously representative and abstract. The figure is set against a background flush with vibrant floral patterns and rich textures that are characteristic of Gauguin’s style during his time in the South Pacific. The brushwork is confident, with a penchant for bold strokes and an emphasis on the emotional expressiveness of color, as is typical in Post-Impressionist works. Overall, the composition of the artwork evokes a sense of serenity and a connection to the natural and spiritual worlds, themes that deeply influenced Gauguin’s artwork during his time in French Polynesia.

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