Negreries Martinique (1890; France) by Paul Gauguin

Negreries Martinique - Paul Gauguin - 1890; France

Artwork Information

TitleNegreries Martinique
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1890; France
Dimensions33.2 x 24.8 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Negreries Martinique

The artwork “Negreries Martinique” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1890 in France during the Post-Impressionism movement. The medium utilized for this artwork includes collage, gouache, ink, watercolor, and paper. Its dimensions are relatively modest, measuring 33.2 cm by 24.8 cm. The work falls under the genre of portrait and is currently held within a private collection.

This artwork presents a striking composition containing human figures executed with bold contour lines and vivid colors set against a deep blue background. Three figures dominate the space, with one’s back to the viewer, exposing the curvature of the spine and the muscles; this subject stands out with a sketched contrast provided by the dappled effect of light on skin. To the left, two additional faces are visible—each portrayed with distinct features and expressions. One face is rendered with a patterned headscarf, exhibiting a more direct gaze that engages the audience. The other, a more subdued visage, appears slightly in the upper background, offering a less discernible expression, possibly indicative of reflective states or background presence.

The color palette used in this artwork is characteristic of Gauguin’s style with unconventional choices that break away from naturalistic representation, embracing the Post-Impressionist interest in symbolic color and form. The textures and patterns, particularly in the clothing and background elements, contribute to the rich visual tapestry. The handwritten text at the top provides context, likely referencing the Martinique origin of the subjects or scenes. Gauguin’s signature situated on the lower right corner, coupled with a date, marks the authentication of this piece. Overall, “Negreries Martinique” exemplifies Gauguin’s celebrated approach to portraiture, one that bridges the gap between reality and the artist’s imaginative interpretation.

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