Portrait of Louis Roy (1893) by Paul Gauguin

Portrait of Louis Roy - Paul Gauguin - 1893

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Louis Roy
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Art MovementCloisonnism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Louis Roy

The artwork titled “Portrait of Louis Roy” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1893. This portrait is executed in oil on canvas, showcasing the distinctive style characteristic of the Cloisonnism art movement. The genre of this piece is portraiture, and as of the last known information, it resides within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a man seen from the chest up, with his body slightly turned to the right while he gazes directly at the viewer. He has a robust figure and wears a dark suit with a blue tie peeking out from under the jacket’s lapel. His face is rendered with broad strokes and a selective palette that contrasts areas of light with areas of shaded contour. Notable is the use of strong outlines and flat areas of color, indicative of the Cloisonnism technique. The background contains muted tones with a suggestion of a figurative element on the left side, almost blending seamlessly with the darker colors surrounding the subject. His facial features—marked by determined eyes and a full mustache—are accentuated with touches of orange and yellow, imbuing the portrait with a sense of vitality and character.

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