Siesta (1894; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Siesta - Paul Gauguin - 1894; Paris, France

Artwork Information

ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1894; Paris, France
Dimensions86 x 113 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Siesta

The artwork titled “Siesta” is an exquisite representation of the Post-Impressionist movement, crafted by the illustrious artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1894 at Paris, France. Manifested upon canvas through the medium of oil, this genre painting measures 86 by 113 centimeters. While this piece resides within a private collection, it significantly depicts the innovative approaches and stylistic characteristics of Post-Impressionism.

“Siesta” portrays a tranquil and intimate domestic scene. The artwork captures a moment of repose during the daytime, with figures seemingly at rest or engaged in low-energy activities. The foreground is dominated by a figure lying face down, donning a light blouse patterned with motifs and a dark skirt; the relaxed posture and placement of the figure contribute to the laid-back ambiance of the setting. Adjacent to this figure sits another individual, reclined and facing the other way, adding to the sense of leisure and stillness.

In the middle ground, two individuals are seated at a table, which appears to be set for a modest meal or tea, with one figure pouring a beverage. The individuals are rendered with simplification of form and a focus on bold contours and blocks of color, trademark features of Gauguin’s style and the Post-Impressionist movement. The color palette is warm and earthy, with harmonious greens and ochres that suggest an outdoor space, possibly a porch or veranda, adjoining the lush greenery visible in the background. This idyllic and restful gathering conveys a sense of the quotidian yet is simultaneously imbued with a sense of depth and emotional resonance, as is often found in Gauguin’s work.

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