Evening primroses in the vase (1885; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Evening primroses in the vase - Paul Gauguin - 1885; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleEvening primroses in the vase
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1885; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Evening primroses in the vase

“Evening Primroses in the Vase” is a still life oil painting on canvas executed by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1885 in Paris, France. Representative of the Impressionism art movement, the artwork embodies the spontaneous and vivid brushwork typical of the era. Although the painting currently resides in a private collection, its intimate composition and warm, harmonious palette remain accessible through reproductions.

The artwork is characterized by the soft interplay of intense reds and yellows, which capture the lush vibrance of the primroses. Gauguin’s use of contrasting colors highlights the petals against the dark, indistinct background, bringing the flowers to the forefront of the viewer’s attention. There is an earthiness and richness to the tones applied, reflecting the artist’s keen sense for natural lighting and shadow. Reflecting the Impressionist focus on light and atmosphere, Gauguin’s brushstrokes convey the texture of the petals and the surface upon which the vase stands. The bouquet spills asymmetrically from the round-bodied vase, emphasizing a sense of natural growth and organic structure as opposed to rigid formality.

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