Pears and grapes (1875; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Pears and grapes - Paul Gauguin - 1875; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitlePears and grapes
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1875; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pears and grapes

The artwork titled “Pears and grapes” is an oil on panel creation by the artist Paul Gauguin, dating back to the year 1875 and originating from Paris, France. Gauguin’s work is associated with the Impressionism movement, and the piece represents the genre of still life. Currently, it is held in a private collection.

The artwork presents a textured assembly of fruit resting on a draped white cloth. The composition features a cluster of dark grapes posited next to sun-kissed pears, their varying tones from green to a deep rust suggesting ripeness and tactile quality. The background is executed in a warm, earthen palette, creating a stark contrast with the lighter foreground, which serves to draw the viewer’s attention onto the fruit subject matter. The fluid brushwork and attention to the interplay of light and shadow are indicative of the Impressionist style, aiming to capture the immediacy of the scene rather than a detailed, hyperrealistic portrayal. The work exudes a sense of simplicity yet is rich in texture and warmth, capturing a moment of stillness that is characteristic of still life paintings from this period.

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