Kelp gatherers (1890; France) by Paul Gauguin

Kelp gatherers - Paul Gauguin - 1890; France

Artwork Information

TitleKelp gatherers
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1890; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Kelp gatherers

“Kelp gatherers” by Paul Gauguin is a work of art dating back to 1890, originating from France. This artwork, executed in pencil and watercolor on paper, is a prime example of the Post-Impressionist movement. It falls under the genre painting category, depicting scenes of daily life. Currently, “Kelp gatherers” is housed within a private collection.

The artwork illustrates two figures engaged in the task of gathering kelp. The composition is characterized by a vivid use of color and dynamic brushwork, lending a sense of motion and vitality to the scene. The background appears to suggest a coastal environment with the tumultuous sea, emphasized with hues of green and blue that echo the forms of the kelp being collected. The postures of the figures are rendered with a strong sense of physical exertion, indicative of the laborious nature of their activity.

Gauguin’s technique involves bold outlines and a flattening of space, which is typical of the Post-Impressionist style, giving less importance to perspective and more to the emotive quality of colors and shapes. The figures are stylized, the faces especially bearing the artist’s stamp, and the overall effect is one of a harmonious interplay between man and nature. Despite the rigor of their work, the scene is imbued with a certain nobility and peacefulness, perhaps reflective of Gauguin’s appreciation for the simplicity and raw beauty of the laborer’s life.

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