Little breton bather (1888; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Little breton bather - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleLittle breton bather
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Pont-aven, France
Dimensions28.6 x 21.3 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Little breton bather

The artwork “Little Breton Bather” is a creation by the artist Paul Gauguin, completed in 1888 during his time in Pont-Aven, France. This oil on canvas piece falls under the genre painting category and is a manifestation of the Post-Impressionist movement. The dimensions of the work are relatively modest, measuring 28.6 by 21.3 centimeters. The artwork is currently part of a private collection.

Depicted in the artwork is a close-up representation of a young Breton child, portrayed from a high perspective. The figure’s head is turned to gaze directly at the viewer, creating an intimate and engaging visual connection. The child’s face exhibits a serious, possibly contemplative expression, with notable blue shadows highlighting the features, a technique often associated with Gauguin’s work.

The brushwork is bold and expressive, utilizing vivid colors and strong outlines that exemplify the characteristics of the Post-Impressionist style. The background is rendered in bold strokes of green, which contrasts starkly against the warmer tones of the child’s skin. Gauguin’s signature and the year of completion are prominently displayed in red at the top left corner of the canvas, adding a personal touch to the piece. The painting portrays a sense of simplicity and rustic charm that aligns with Gauguin’s interest in the lives of the rural populace, capturing a moment that conveys the essence of Breton identity through the artist’s evocative style.

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