Portrait of Achille Granchi Taylor (1885; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Portrait of Achille Granchi Taylor - Paul Gauguin - 1885; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Achille Granchi Taylor
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1885; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

About Portrait of Achille Granchi Taylor

The artwork, “Portrait of Achille Granchi Taylor,” was created by artist Paul Gauguin in 1885 in Paris, France. This oil on canvas portrait reflects the Impressionistic movement, a genre renowned for capturing light and its changing qualities. The piece is a depiction of an individual and is classified within the portrait genre. Currently, the artwork is located at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel, Switzerland.

In the artwork, we observe a male figure facing slightly towards the right, engaging the viewer with a direct and thoughtful gaze. His facial expression is calm and composed, with a hint of introspection. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of the Impressionistic technique, and Gauguin’s use of color is notably rich and textured. The subject’s beard and hair are rendered in warm tones, while the background and clothing are executed with darker hues, which helps to draw the viewer’s attention to the subject’s face. On the right side of the artwork, vertical brushstrokes create a contrast with the complex, layered brushwork that shapes the figure, reinforcing the subject’s solidity and presence against the less defined background.

Notably, Gauguin has signed and dated the piece in the bottom right corner, anchoring the artwork within its historical context and providing authenticity to the portrait. The impact of Gauguin’s style is evident in the vigorous application of paint and the contemplative portrayal of the sitter, capturing more than mere likeness, but also hinting at the psychological depth of the individual depicted.

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