Portrait of Madelaine Bernard (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

Portrait of Madelaine Bernard - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Madelaine Bernard
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Dimensions72 x 58 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

About Portrait of Madelaine Bernard

The artwork “Portrait of Madelaine Bernard” is an oil on canvas painting by the renowned artist Paul Gauguin, created in 1888 during his time in France. This portrait belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement and measures 72 by 58 centimeters. As its genre suggests, it focuses on the representation of a sitter, Madelaine Bernard. The piece is currently housed in the Musée de Grenoble, located in Grenoble, France.

The artwork captures the likeness of Madelaine Bernard with an intimate and introspective quality. Gauguin employs a rich palette and bold outlines characteristic of Post-Impressionist techniques, which emphasis on the emotional and symbolic content over the realistic depiction. Madelaine is presented in a three-quarter profile, resting her cheek in her hand, suggesting a moment of contemplation or repose. Her gaze is directed away from the viewer, creating a sense of introspection.

Gauguin’s skillful use of color and texture is evident in the clothing of the subject, where deep blues and contrasting warm tones highlight the folds and fabric. The background is composed in a way that complements the subject’s form, using muted tones and a simplification of detail that focuses the viewer’s attention on the figure of Madelaine. A painting within the painting adorns the wall behind her, hinting at a layered depth and perhaps a narrative element about the subject or the artist himself. The overall composition reflects Gauguin’s departure from realist representation to a more symbolic and emotionally charged portrayal.

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