Portrait of a little boy (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

Portrait of a little boy - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a little boy
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationBemberg Foundation (Hôtel d'Assézat), Toulouse, France

About Portrait of a little boy

The artwork “Portrait of a little boy,” crafted by the renowned artist Paul Gauguin in 1888, is an oil on canvas piece that exemplifies the Post-Impressionist movement. This portrait, currently housed at the Bemberg Foundation in Toulouse, France, is a testament to Gauguin’s distinctive style and his contribution to the genre of portraiture during a period marked by a departure from the Impressionist focus on naturalism.

The artwork presents a depiction of a young child captured with a sense of intimacy and contemplation. Gauguin’s use of color and brushwork is evident in the portrayal of the boy’s features. The subject’s gaze, directed away from the viewer, suggests a moment of introspection, while the background is rendered with abstracted elements that do not conform to a realistic presentation of space.

Gauguin’s strokes are loose and expressive, underlining the Post-Impressionist prerogative to evoke emotion rather than simply mirroring reality. The amalgamation of warm and cool tones creates a contrast within the piece, thereby adding depth both physically and emotionally. The boy’s youthful countenance is captured with a combination of precision and spontaneity, reflecting the artist’s interest in expressing a more profound, emotional truth rather than exacting likeness.

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