Fruits (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

Fruits - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

About Fruits

The artwork “Fruits” by Paul Gauguin, created in 1888 in France, is an oil on canvas that embraces the Post-Impressionist movement. This still life genre painting is part of the collection at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia. Gauguin, known for his bold use of color and avant-garde approach, contributes significantly to the Post-Impressionist movement, which seeks to transcend the naturalism of Impressionism in favor of a more expressive, symbolic treatment of subject matter.

In “Fruits,” Gauguin depicts a vibrant assemblage of fruit arranged on various vessels. The composition presents the fruit in an almost casual disarray, providing a sense of immediacy and capturing a momentary glimpse of abundance. The artist utilizes a rich palette with contrasting hues, where deeply saturated colors coexist harmoniously, reflecting his distinctive approach to color and form. The texture of the canvas is palpable, as the brushstrokes convey a tactile quality to the depicted objects, enhancing the viewer’s sensory experience. There’s an energy in the composition that, while rooted in the tradition of still life, projects a modern feel that is emblematic of Gauguin’s innovative and forward-thinking spirit.

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