Riders on the Beach (1902) by Paul Gauguin

Riders on the Beach - Paul Gauguin - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleRiders on the Beach
ArtistPaul Gauguin
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 92 cm (28 1/2 x 35 7/8 in)
Current LocationPrivate collection

About Riders on the Beach

Paul Gauguin’s 1902 painting, “Riders On The Beach,” is located in the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany. The artwork features a scene of five men on horseback, positioned on a beach in French Polynesia. Gauguin’s creation is considered a genre painting and embodies the influence of both Impressionism and Cloisonnism.

The riders are dressed in colorful, flowing garments, but two of them have their faces concealed by hooded jackets or masks. The artwork was painted a year before Gauguin’s death and remains an influential work in Symbolism. His admiration for Degas’s Parisian racing scenes is evident in the composition.

Following his death, Gauguin’s art became popular, and important posthumous exhibitions were held in Paris. “Riders On The Beach” continues to captivate art enthusiasts with the unique representation of horsemen on an exotic beach setting. The painting showcases Gauguin’s innovative style and adds to his ongoing influence on modern art.

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