Schooner and three masters (1886; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Schooner and three masters - Paul Gauguin - 1886; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleSchooner and three masters
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1886; Pont-aven, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Schooner and three masters

The artwork titled “Schooner and three masters” was crafted by the influential artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1886, during his time in Pont-Aven, France. Gauguin’s work is an oil painting on canvas that belongs to the Post-Impressionism art movement, characterized by its vivid colors and an expressive approach to form and composition, which broke away from the confines of Impressionism. This particular piece falls under the cityscape genre and is currently held within a private collection.

“Schooner and three masters” by Paul Gauguin captures the maritime activity in a French port, likely in the region of Brittany where he spent time. The scene is bustling with the presence of sailboats, with their masts prominently rising up against the sky. Dominating the composition are several tall ships, their intricate rigging detailed against a backdrop of blue, representing the sky and water. The foreground displays the rugged terrain of the shoreline, where a figure can be seen working, dwarfed by the massive scale of the schooners and three-masters that make up the essence of the port’s livelihood.

The somewhat muted palette of the artwork is accented by brighter tones that bring life to the sails and buildings, depicting the typical lighting of the region that must have inspired Gauguin. The painting’s execution is loose and free-form, indicative of the Post-Impressionist movement in which artists sought to convey emotion and meaning beyond the physicality of their subjects. The brushwork is visible, adding texture to the painting, and giving a sense of movement to the water and vitality to the scene. This piece is a testament to Gauguin’s ability to capture both the beauty and the rawness of the everyday life within the landscapes that surrounded him.

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