Double portrait of a young girl (Mademoiselle Lafuite) (1883; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Double portrait of a young girl (Mademoiselle Lafuite) - Paul Gauguin - 1883; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleDouble portrait of a young girl (Mademoiselle Lafuite)
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1883; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Double portrait of a young girl (Mademoiselle Lafuite)

The artwork “Double portrait of a young girl (Mademoiselle Lafuite)” is a creation of artist Paul Gauguin from the year 1883. Painted in Paris, France, this piece is crafted in oil on canvas. Gauguin’s work is often associated with the Impressionism movement, and this particular painting falls within the genre of portrait. Currently, the artwork resides in a private collection, away from public exhibition.

The double portrait features a young girl captured in two different profiles; one is a frontal depiction, and the other a profile view. The vibrant contrast of the warm reds of her garment against the dark, subdued background emphasizes the subject. Gauguin’s use of quick, visible brushstrokes and the play of light and shadow prevalent in Impressionism give the portrait a lively texture. The girl’s expression is contemplative and calm, and her auburn hair is highlighted, creating a striking visual effect that draws the viewer’s attention. Despite the Impressionist style’s typical focus on light and scenes of everyday life, this portrait explores the introspective and still qualities of its subject, hinting at the depth and complexity beneath the surface of a seemingly simple portrait.

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