Still Life Fete Gloanec (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

Still Life Fete Gloanec - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life Fete Gloanec
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Dimensions36.5 x 52.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans, Orleans, France

About Still Life Fete Gloanec

“Still Life Fete Gloanec” is an oil painting on canvas by the Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, created in 1888 during his time in France. The artwork measures 36.5 by 52.5 centimeters and is categorized within the still life genre. Presently, it is housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans in Orleans, France.

The artwork depicts a vibrant and colorful arrangement of flowers and fruit, set against a warm, earth-toned background. In the foreground, a cluster of flowers in orange and blue hues commands immediate attention, contrasting strikingly with the white petals interspersed throughout. Below the flowers, there are various fruits: pears and plums or prunes, possibly. These fruits exhibit a range of colors from green to reddish-brown, adding to the richness of the composition.

The backdrop is a reddish-orange surface, which may suggest a table, providing a bold and warm contrast to the natural elements displayed. A dark band, likely the edge of the table, cuts a strong horizontal line at the bottom of the composition, grounding the objects and adding a sense of depth.

Gauguin’s use of bold colors and a flattened perspective is characteristic of the Post-Impressionist movement, showing a departure from the more realistic renditions of the earlier Impressionists. He emphasizes form and color over detail, focusing on the emotional and expressive potential of the still life arrangement. The signature “Fête Gloanec” refers to Marie Gloanec, an innkeeper in Pont-Aven who was a friend to many artists, including Gauguin, during the late 19th century.

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